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Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties are set forth in Title 18 Section 924 of the United States Code.  See 18 USC § 924.

Federal Drug Trafficking Penalty Chart:

Federal Trafficking Sentencing Chart

Federal Marijuana Trafficking Sentencing Chart

Below are for most drugs listed by drug type.

Marijuana (marihuana) Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

1000 kilograms or more/1,000 plants or more
Incarceration: 10 years to life
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $10,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 years

With 1 Prior
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 10 years

Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

With 2 or more priors:
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

100 kilograms or more/100 plants or more
Incarceration: 5 years to 40 years
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 years

Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $5,000,000 (or $25,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 years

With Prior
Incarceration: 10 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 8 years
Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $8,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible
Less than 50 kilograms/less than 50 plants
Incarceration: 5 year max
Supervised Release (Parole):

Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 15 year max
Fine: title 18 or $500,000 (or $2,500,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 2 years

With Prior
Incarceration: 20 year max
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 years

Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 30 year max
Fine: twice title 18 or $1,000,000 (or $5,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

Cocaine Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

5 kilograms or more
Incarceration: 10 years to life
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $10,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsWith 1 Prior
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 10 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not EligibleWith 2 or more priors:
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible500 grams or more
Incarceration: 5 years to 40 years
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $5,000,000 (or $25,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsWith Prior
Incarceration: 10 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 8 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $8,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

Crack (cocaine base) Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

280 grams or more
Incarceration: 10 years to life
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $10,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsWith 1 Prior
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 10 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not EligibleWith 2 or more priors:
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible28 grams or more
Incarceration: 5 years to 40 years
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $5,000,000 (or $25,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsWith Prior
Incarceration: 10 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 8 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $8,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

1 kilogram or more
Incarceration: 10 years to life
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $10,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsWith 1 Prior
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 10 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not EligibleWith 2 or more priors:
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible100 grams or more
Incarceration: 5 years to 40 years
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $5,000,000 (or $25,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsWith Prior
Incarceration: 10 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 8 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $8,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

Meth (Methamphetamine) Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

Methamphetamine
50 grams or more
Incarceration: 10 years to life
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $10,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsWith 1 Prior
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 10 years
Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not EligibleWith 2 or more priors:
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible5 grams or more
Incarceration: 5 years to 40 years
Supervised Release (Parole):Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $5,000,000 (or $25,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 years
With Prior
Incarceration: 10 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 8 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $8,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

Meth (Methamphetamine) Mix Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

500 grams
Incarceration: 10 years to life
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $10,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsWith 1 Prior
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 10 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not EligibleWith 2 or more priors:
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible5 grams or more
Incarceration: 5 years to 40 years
Supervised Release (Parole):Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $5,000,000 (or $25,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsWith Prior
Incarceration: 10 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 8 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $8,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

10 grams or more
Incarceration: 10 years to life
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $10,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsWith 1 Prior
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 10 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not EligibleWith 2 or more priors:
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible1 gram or more
Incarceration: 5 years to 40 years
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $5,000,000 (or $25,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsWith Prior
Incarceration: 10 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 8 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $8,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

PCP (Phencyclidine) Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

100 grams or more
Incarceration: 10 years to life
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $10,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 yearsWith 1 Prior
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 10 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not EligibleWith 2 or more priors:
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible10 Grams or more
Incarceration: 5 years to 40 years
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsDrug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $5,000,000 (or $25,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 yearsWith Prior
Incarceration: 10 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 8 years
Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $8,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

PCP Mixture Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

1 kilogram or more
Incarceration: 10 years to life
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 years

Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $10,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 5 years

With 1 Prior
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 10 years

Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

With 2 or more priors:
Incarceration: Life
Fine: title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

100 grams or more
Incarceration: 5 years to 40 years
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 years

Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: 20 years to Life
Fine: title 18 or $5,000,000 (or $25,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): 4 years

With Prior
Incarceration: 10 years to Life
Supervised Release (Parole): 8 years

Drug use resulting in death or serious bodily injury
Incarceration: Life
Fine: twice title 18 or $8,000,000 (or $50,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

 

Federal Controlled Substance Possession Penalty Chart

Charge
Prior Offenses
Prison Term
Fine
Simple Possession
(Most Drugs)
0
1 Year Max.
$1,000 Min. *
1
15 Days –
2 Years
$2,500 Min.*
2 or More
90 Days –
3 Years
$5,000 Min.*
Crack Cocaine
( >5 gm)
0
5-20 Years
$1,000 Min. *
( >3 gm)
1
5 – 20 Years
$1,000 Min. *
(>1 gm)
2 or More
5 – 20 Years
$1,000 Min. *
Flunitrazepam (Roofies)
0
3 Year Max.
$1,000 Min. *
1
3 Year Max.
$2,500 Min.*
2 or more
3 Year Max.
$2,500 Min. *

*plus the reasonable costs of the investigation and prosecution of the offense unless determined unable to pay.