Federal Penalties and Sanctions

All students, faculty and staff should be aware that, under the provisions of the United States Code, conviction for the use, possession, or distribution of illicit or unlawful drugs may result in the following criminal sanctions. The charts listed below can be directly referenced on the Drug Enforcement Administration website.

 

Chart One

Federal Trafficking Penalties for Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V (except Marijuana)
Schedule Substance/Quantity Penalty Substance/Quantity Penalty
II Cocaine
500-4999 grams mixture
First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs. and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. Fine of not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. and not more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual.

Cocaine
5 kilograms or more mixture
First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. and not more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. Fine of not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.
2 or More Prior Offenses: Life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if not an individual.
II Cocaine Base
28-279 grams mixture
Cocaine Base
280 grams or more mixture
II Fentanyl
40-399 grams mixture
Fentanyl
400 grams or more mixture
I Fentanyl Analogue
10-99 grams mixture
Fentanyl Analogue
100 grams or more mixture
I Heroin
100-999 grams mixture
Heroin
1 kilogram or more mixture
I LSD
1-9 grams mixture
LSD
10 grams or more
mixture
II Methamphetamine
5-49 grams pure or
50-499 grams mixture
Methamphetamine
50 grams or more pure
or 500 grams or more mixture
II PCP
10-99 grams pure or
100-999 grams mixture
PCP
100 grams or more pure
or 1 kilogram or more mixture

 

Substance/Quantity Penalty
Any Amount Of Other Schedule I & II Substances First Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than Life. Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.

Any Drug Product Containing Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid
Flunitrazepam (Schedule IV)
1 Gram or less
Any Amount Of Other Schedule III Drugs First Offense: Not more than 10 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not more that 15 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2.5 million if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious injury, not more than 30 yrs. Fine not more than $1 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual.

Any Amount Of All Other Schedule IV Drugs (other than one gram or more of Flunitrazepam) First Offense: Not more than 5 yrs. Fine not more than $250,000 if an individual, $1 million if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 10 yrs. Fine not more than $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than an individual.

Any Amount Of All Schedule V Drugs First Offense: Not more than 1 yr. Fine not more than $100,000 if an individual, $250,000 if not an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 4 yrs. Fine not more than $200,000 if an individual, $500,000 if not an individual.

 

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Federal Trafficking Penalties for Marijuana, Hashish and Hashish Oil, Schedule I Substances
Marijuana
1,000 kilograms or more marijuana mixture or 1,000 or more marijuana plants
First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs., or more than life. Fine not more than $10 million if an individual, $50 million if other than an individual.

Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine not more than $20 million if an individual, $75 million if other than an individual.

Marijuana
100 to 999 kilograms marijuana mixture or 100 to 999 marijuana plants
First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs. or more than 40 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. Fine not more than $5 million if an individual, $25 million if other than an individual.

Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs. or more than life. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine not more than $8 million if an individual, $50million if other than an individual.

Marijuana
50 to 99 kilograms marijuana mixture,
50 to 99 marijuana plants
First Offense: Not more than 20 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, not less than 20 yrs. or more than life. Fine $1 million if an individual, $5 million if other than an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 30 yrs. If death or serious bodily injury, life imprisonment. Fine $2 million if an individual, $10 million if other than an individual.

Hashish
More than 10 kilograms
Hashish Oil
More than 1 kilogram
Marijuana
less than 50 kilograms marijuana (but does not include 50 or more marijuana plants regardless of weight)1 to 49 marijuana plants
First Offense: Not more than 5 yrs. Fine not more than $250,000, $1 million if other than an individual.

Second Offense: Not more than 10 yrs. Fine $500,000 if an individual, $2 million if other than individual.

Hashish
10 kilograms or less
Hashish Oil
1 kilogram or less