Methamphetamine is a stimulant that was initially intended for use in treating patients with congestion issues and ADHD. However, the drug is highly addictive and often abused, which has resulted in it being classified as a Schedule II drug on the DEA’s drug schedule list.
It is illegal to possess any form of methamphetamine without a valid prescription. North Carolina law also enacts penalties for manufacturing or selling meth in any form.
Penalties for Possession
If you are found in possession of less than 28 grams of meth, you will be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor, which is punishable by 45 days in jail.
However, if this is your second offense related to the possession of a Schedule II substance, you will be charged with a Class I felony, punishable by up to five months in prison.
Penalties for Trafficking
If you are found in possession of more than 28 grams of methamphetamine, you can be charged with trafficking. The specifics of the charge and the associated penalties will depend on the amount of the drug found in your possession:
- 28 to 199 grams: Class F felony, punishable by 84 months in prison and a minimum $50,000 fine
- 200 to 399 grams: Class E felony, up to 117 months in prison, minimum $100,000 fine
- 400 grams or more: Class C felony, up to 279 months in prison and minimum $250,000 fine