Schedule II drugs are those the federal government has identified as dangerous with a high potential for abuse and addiction. Methamphetamine is one of those drugs listed in this category. Because of the high risk of using meth, state and federal penalties for possessing and distributing the drug are quite severe. Even drug charges for possession of less than a tenth of a gram of meth may result in prison and significant fines.
Since the health care industry no longer considers meth to have any medical use, possession of it is often a felony. In fact, if investigators detect meth in someone through urine, saliva, hair or blood tests, that person may still face possession charges. Trafficking meth carries even more severe penalties. Federal convictions may result in any of the following, depending on the amount of the drug involved:
- Fines between $250,000 and $50 million
- Prison for up to 20 years and as much as $5 million in fines for intent to distribute as little as 5 grams
- Longer sentences and higher fines for larger amounts of meth
- Additional charges and potential consequences if someone is injured or dies after using meth authorities convicted one of trafficking
- More severe penalties for those who already have a record of drug crimes
In some cases, instead of jail, those charged with possession of meth may receive court-ordered rehab. Rehab may also be an order in addition to serving time in prison for drug charges. Possessing, using or distributing a substance as dangerous as methamphetamines is risky, and the consequences of an arrest and conviction may affect the rest of one’s life.