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Federal Courthouse Columbus Ohio Information | Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

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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 Drug Trafficking Penalty Chart

Federal Marijuana 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 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 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 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

500 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

Crack (cocaine base) Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

280 grams 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

28 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 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: twice 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

Meth (Methamphetamine) Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

Methamphetamine
50 grams 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

5 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 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

5 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 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

LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

10 grams 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: twice title 18 or $20,000,000 (or $75,000,000 entity)
Supervised Release (Parole): Not Eligible

1 gram 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

PCP (Phencyclidine) Federal Drug Trafficking Penalties

100 grams 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

10 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

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.

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