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Facing Harsh Texas Drug Crime Penalties

In the United States, the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) is the federal U.S. drug policy for which the possession, distribution, manufacture, and trafficking of controlled substances is regulated. The CSA created five Schedules (classifications) of drugs, with Schedule I drugs having the highest potential for abuse, and with them having no accepted medical use or treatment in the United States.

Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is the federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Justice that combats drug smuggling and illicit drug use in the United States. The DEA is the leading agency for domestic enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act, but it also shares concurrent jurisdiction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) make up the greatest drug trafficking threat in the United States. These DTOs make tens of billions of dollars in profits each year from the abuse and trafficking of illicit drugs and its associated activities. There are a number of different groups that are involved in the illegal drug trade, some of which include drug cartels, these are large, highly sophisticates organizations. Others include drug trafficking organizations (DTOs), which are complex organizations with well-defined command-and-control structures that produce and transport large quantities of illegal drugs.

There are criminal groups throughout the country that range from small to moderate sized, loosely knit groups that distribute drugs at the retail level. There are also street gangs that collectively engage in criminal activity, there are prison gangs that are highly structured criminal networks that operate within the state and federal prison systems, and there are outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMGs), which are highly structured organizations where members engage in criminal activities including violent crimes, weapons trafficking, and drug trafficking. Anyone in Texas involved in a Mexican drug trafficking organization, a street gang, or a loosely knit group can get busted for transporting illegal drugs, and when they do, they face serious criminal penalties depending upon the type and quantity of the drug.

Manufacture or Delivery of a Controlled Substance in Houston

Controlled substances are heavily regulated under both state and federal drug laws. The state of Texas does not distinguish between transporting drugs and selling drugs. Under Section 481.112, of the Health and Safety Code, Manufacture or Delivery of Substance in Penalty Group 1-A, a person commits the offense if he or she knowingly manufactures, delivers, or possesses with the intent of delivering a controlled substance in penalty group 1. An offense in this section can range from a state jail felony if the amount was less than one gram, to a second degree felony if the amount was one gram but less than four grams, or a first degree felony if the amount was four grams or more but less than 200 grams.

The penalties vary depending upon the type of drug and the quantity; however, upon conviction the defendant can face up to 99 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines. Some of the drugs in Penalty Group 1 consist of cocaine, heroin, opium, GHB, and Oxycodone. Under Section 481.120, Delivery of Marihuana, the offense can range from a Class B misdemeanor to a first degree felony depending on the amount and it can incur up to 99 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines depending on the amount.

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In essence, the penalties for manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance will depend upon which penalty group the drug is classified under, the quantity of the drug, as well as the defendant's criminal history, whether or not a minor was involved, and other relevant factors. If you are facing state or federal drug charges in Texas, you are urged to contact former Houston prosecutor, Mark Morasch, at once to discuss which defense strategies he would employ in your case.

As a former prosecutor that was named as one of Houston's Top Lawyers by H Texas Magazine, he is 100% dedicated to helping his clients achieve real results. Contact a Houston drug crime attorney from the firm today to begin protecting your future and your freedom!

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