The state of Texas has some very tough penalties for those who are caught trafficking illegal drugs such as cocaine. In fact, the manufacturing, selling, or possession of cocaine can land you in jail according to the Texas Health and Safety Code (481.115).
First-time offenders might be surprised to learn that trafficking illegal drugs can land them in jail right off the bat. The full extent of penalties depends on the quantity of drugs the seller has in possession.
The penalties for drug trafficking in the state of Texas vary depending on certain criteria. For example, a judge may go a little easier on a trucker who did not know that they were transporting cocaine. This could happen if the trucker thought he was delivering coffee, which is often used to conceal cocaine. Knowingly transporting and selling cocaine is a different story.
Penalties for trafficking cocaine in Texas
Knowingly possessing, transporting or selling cocaine is a different story. The penalties are as follows:
- Possession of one to four grams of cocaine is a third-degree felony that carries a prison sentence of two to ten years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Possession of four to two hundred grams of cocaine is a second-degree penalty that also carries a prison sentence of two to ten years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Possession of 200-400 grams of cocaine is a first-degree felony that carries a prison sentence of 5-99 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
- Possession of 400 grams or more of cocaine is also a first-degree felony that carries a prison sentence of 10-99 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
If you have been charged with possession of cocaine you need help from a knowledgeable source who understands drug laws in Texas.