If you have been accused of possessing four grams or more of a schedule I drug, such as cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), heroin, ketamine, lysergic acid diethlamide (LSD), methamphetamine, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), or GHB, you will be charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. This is true even if there is no indication that you were selling, transporting, or distributing the substance. Additionally, the weight of the substance includes any mixture with a non-narcotic such as a “cutting agent.”


Trafficking is a non-probationable offense, meaning that if you are convicted, the court must sentence you to prison. The penalties increase based on the amount of the substance — 28 grams (about one ounce) or more of one of any of these substances can result in a sentence of life imprisonment and a $500,000 fine, even for a first offense.