What Is Considered Drug Trafficking And What Are The Penalties In California?

Drug trafficking refers to transportation or a sale of controlled substances. If you are moving a quantity of any drug such as heroin, opium, cocaine even at short distance, you may be charged with violating the California Health & Safety Code. The specific section would be 11252, which prohibits the transportation of illegal drugs, importing illegal drugs into California, selling illegal drugs or giving away drugs.

The penalty for transferring the controlled substance is generally a felony. A misdemeanor charge is punishable with probation or maximum one year in county jail. The punishment for felony transportation is a minimum of three years and up to five years in prison and/or a fine up to $20,000.

What Is Drug Paraphernalia? What Are The Penalties For Paraphernalia In California?

Health & Safety Code 11364 makes it a misdemeanor to possess “an opium pipe or any device, contrivance, instrument, or paraphernalia used for unlawfully injecting or smoking a controlled substance.” This includes hypodermic needles, pipes, bongs and cocaine spoons.

Some examples are having a pipe that was used for smoking marijuana with some residue left in it, a syringe, and a bent spoon that has been used for cooking heroin before ingesting it. These situations can all fall into the drug paraphernalia category and you could possibly be charged with a crime for possessing them.

What Are The Penalties For Forging A Drug Prescription In California?

It depends on who is actually forging the prescription, whether it is the doctor or the person who actually is going to use the drugs. Sometimes they refer to it as Doctor Shopping, when one person uses multiple doctors or pharmacists who illegally acquire prescription drugs.

It is an offense that could be charged as a felony or charged as a misdemeanor. If charge with such a crime you will not be eligible for a drug program such as Prop-36.

Can Someone Be Charged For Possession Of Prescription Drugs That Belong To Someone Else?

Yes. If you have pills in your possession and they are not yours, meaning the prescription does not have your name on it, then you could be charged with possessing of illegal drugs. However, there are some exceptions such as if you pick up the medication for somebody and you are taking it to them or are in-charge of somebody’s medication because they cannot take care of themselves.

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