Distribution of illegal drugs in New Jersey is a serious crime. Your case will depend on how much offenses you have, your intent, the type of drugs you were handling, the quantity of the drugs, and the location of distribution.

 

Types of Drug Distribution Charges

Types of distribution, intent to distribute and manufacturing cases include:

  • Drugs found in motor vehicles.
  • Drug trafficking and cultivation.
  • Maintaining a facility that manufactures drugs (Meth labs).

 

What are the Penalties for Drug Distribution in NJ?

The NJ Criminal Code forbids both drug distribution and possession of a drug with intent to distribute. Drug distribution penalties are ultimately determined by the type and quantity of drug:

  • Marijuana Distribution:Indictable felony, punishable by 0–10 years in prison and a fine of $750–$100,000
  • Cocaine / Crack Distribution:Indictable felony, punishable by 3–20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$300,000
  • Heroin Distribution:Indictable felony, punishable by 3–20 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$300,000
  • Speed / Methamphetamine Distribution:Indictable felony, punishable by 3–10 years in prison and a fine of $1,000–$100,000
  • Mushrooms / LCD Distribution:Indictable felony, punishable by 3–5 years in prison and a fine of $2,000–$300,000
  • Penalties are enhanced when distribution is found to occur in school areas, public housing, or public parks
  • Loss of license is possible for at least 6 months
  • There are drastic differences in jail time for second or third drug crime offenses

More detailed penalties for larger quantities, including jail time:

Marijuana and Hashish

First degree offense – the amount is 25 pounds or more, or at least 50 plants, or 5 or more pounds of Hashish. The sentence is 10 to 20 years imprisonment and a fine up to $300,000.00 may be imposed.

Second degree offense – the amount is at least 5 and less than 25 pounds of marijuana or 10 and 49 plants, or at least 1 pound and less than 5 pounds of Hashish. It carries a 5 to 10 year sentence.

Third degree offense – least 1 ounce and less than 5 pounds of marijuana, or between 5 grams and less than 1 pound of Hashish. The penalty is up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000.00.

Fourth degree offense – less than 1 ounce or less of marijuana or less than 5 grams of Hashish. It carries a penalty of up to 18 months in prison.

Methamphetamine or P2P

First degree offense – 5 ounces or more of methamphetamine or P2P. You can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $300,000.00.

Second degree offense – Between ½ ounce and less than 5 ounces. You can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Third degree offense – Less than ½ an ounce. You can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $75,000.00.

Cocaine, Heroin or Ecstasy

First degree offense – 5 ounces or more. You can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.00. You must serve between 1/3 and ½ of the prison sentence before you are eligible for parole.

Second degree offense – Between ½ ounce and under 5 ounce. You can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Third degree offense – Less than ½ an ounce. You can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $75,000.00.

LSD and PCP

First degree offense – 100 milligrams or more of LSD or 10 or more grams of PCP. You can be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.00. You must serve between 1/3 and ½ of the prison sentence before you are eligible for parole.

Second degree offense – Anything under above amounts. You can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Second degree offense – 1 ounce or more of Methadone, DMT, Opium, Mescaline, Mushrooms, Amphetamines. You can be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.

Third degree offense – Less than 1 ounce Methadone, DMT, Opium, Mescaline, Mushrooms, Amphetamines. You can be sentenced to up to 5 years in prison and a fine up to $75,000.00.

 

Drug Trafficking

If you enter into a conspiracy with two or more persons to manufacture, distribute or transport drugs into New Jersey you can be considered a leader of a drug trafficking ring or network.

This is a first degree crime that carries a life sentence with a minimum of 25 years without parole. The court can also require a fine of up to $750,000, or five times the street value of the controlled substance involved, whatever is greater.