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Federal Sentencing Guidelines for Drugs

    Heroin

    • Heroin starts at a base level of 12 (for less than 5 g), and goes up to level 38 (for 30 kg or more). At a level 12 offense, an individual will be sentenced to a range of 10 to 16 years. At level 38, an individual will be sentenced to a range of 235 to 293 years.

    Cocaine

    • Cocaine ranges from level 12 (for less than 25 g) to level 38 (for 150 kg or more). An individual with a level 12 conviction will face a 10 to 16 year sentence. An individual with a level 38 conviction will face a sentence of 235 to 293 years.

    Marijuana

    • Possession of marijuana starts at a level 6 offense (for less than 250 g), and increases to level 38 (for posession of 30,000 kg or more). The sentence for level 6 is 0 to 6 years, and just like heroin and cocaine, a level 38 sentence is 235 to 293 years.

    Methamphetamine

    • Possession of less than 250 mg of methamphetamine will result in a level 12 conviction. Possession of 1.5 kg (or more) will result in a level 38 conviction. At a level 12 offense, an individual will be sentenced to a range of 10 to 16 years. At level 38, an individual will be sentenced to a range of 235 to 293 years.

    LSD

    • LSD starts at level 12 (for possession of 50 mg) and goes up to level 38 (for posession of 300 g or more). A level 12 conviction will result in a 10 to 16 year sentence. A level 38 conviction will result in a 235 to 293 year sentence.

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