Cocaine is one of the most popular controlled substances in Mississippi. The penalties for possession, distribution, and use are stiff, and you will need an experienced lawyer to take your case.
Cocaine is a Schedule II drug in Mississippi, which means that it is treated by law enforcement officials and the courts as one of the more serious drug charges. Like marijuana, there are also several places in the Mississippi Code where cocaine gets “special” treatment. If you have been charged with any cocaine-related crime, including possession or distribution of cocaine, the Mississippi drug lawyers at The Guthrie Firm, PLLC are available 24 hours a day to assist you.
Cocaine is one of the most widely used drugs in America. In 2011, the DEA seized over 33,000 kilograms of cocaine, second only to marijuana (stats available at www.justice.gov/dea/resource-center/statistics.shtml#arrests). Cocaine is commonly known as Coke, or Blow on the streets. It can be inhaled, or snorted (in powder form), injected (usually mixed with water and injected directly into the blood stream), or smoked (often in the form of “crack”). Cocaine is sometimes glamorized in Hollywood movies, but it is very addictive and has harmful and lasting effects on the mind, and in many cases, immediate harmful effects on the body. Cocaine is responsible for more visits to the emergency room than any other illicit drug in the U.S.
Cocaine, in its powder form, is primarily produced from the leaves of one of two species of the coca plant that are found principally in Peru, Bolivia, and Colombia. In one of the most commonly used procedures, coca leaves are pulverized; mixed with baking soda, an organic solvent, (kerosene, or gasoline) and water, and then shaken. The water and leaves are then discarded. An acid is mixed with the solution to remove residual solvents. Baking soda is added and the mixture is dried, creating a putty-like substance which is further processed and turned into the powder form that is sent to the U.S.
Any form of cocaine is illegal to possess, use, or sell. If you are charged, you’ll need a knowledgeable attorney who is experienced with this type of case. The Mississippi drug lawyers at The Guthrie Firm, PLLC are here to help.
Punishment for Cocaine Crimes in Mississippi
The punishment for a cocaine crime in Mississippi depends on how much cocaine was involved.
|Less than one-tenth (0.1) gram(This may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony)||If charged as a misdemeanor: Jail for up to one 1 year and a fine not more than $1000.00.||If charged as a felony: 1-4 years in jail and up to a $10,000 fine|
|One-tenth (0.1) gram to 2 grams||2-8 years in jail and up to a $50,000 fine.|
|2-10 grams||4-16 years in jail and up to a $250,000 fine.|
|10-30 grams||6-24 years in jail and up to a $500,000 fine.|
|30 grams and more||10-30 years in jail and up to a $1,000,000 fine|
|POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE|
|“sell, barter, transfer, manufacture, distribute, dispense or possess with intent to sell barter, transfer, distribute or dispense”|
|Any amount||Up to 30 years in jail and $5000 – $1000,000 fine.|
|Distribution of more than 2 ounces within a 12 month period.||Life in prison without parole.|
Penalties are enhanced in certain situations, such as distribution near a school or park, or distribution to a minor, etc. See our page on Drug Distribution for further details.
We’ve got the experience to help you in a Mississippi cocaine case
Mississippi’s drug laws are tough, and penalties can be severe. You need an experienced Mississippi criminal defense lawyer to help you fight back against your drug charges. To learn more about how we can help you, please call The Guthrie Firm, PLLC at (601) 991-1099 or contact us online. We are here to help.