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A brief look at Maryland's cocaine laws

Maryland residents know that one of the most dangerous illegal drugs is cocaine. No matter if it is in the form of a powder to be snorted or a rock that is smoked, cocaine remains an extremely addictive drug that destroys lives. Therefore, anyone who is arrested for either the possession, sale or trafficking of cocaine in Maryland faces serious punishment. So, here is a brief look at some of the charges and penalties that someone could face.

Possession of a small amount of cocaine is considered a misdemeanor in the state. But, cocaine possession is only a misdemeanor if the amount of cocaine is 28 grams or less. Punishment for this type of possession is four years in prison and a fine of $25,000. However, if larger amounts of cocaine are found on someone, they can face much more severe penalties, including up to a $50,000 fine and up to 25 years in prison.

Being convicted for the sale of cocaine and its trafficking are even more serious drug charges and both crimes are considered felonies in the state. Being convicted of selling more than 448 grams of cocaine or 50 grams of crack is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Being convicted of selling greater amounts of these drugs or subsequent convictions on similar charges brings even stiffer penalties, including up to 40 years in prison. Being convicted of selling cocaine or crack near a school can bring even more serious repercussions.

Being convicted as a drug king in Maryland is punishable by up to 40 years in prison and a fine of $1 million. However, any Maryland resident who is facing drug charges may want to speak with a criminal defense attorney in order to develop a clearer understanding of the penalties involved with these charges.

Source: FindLaw, "Maryland Cocaine Laws," Accessed Feb. 28, 2016

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