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What are the penalties for drug trafficking in Maine?

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Under Maine law, drug trafficking is regarded as the sale and distribution of illegal drugs. A  person who knowingly possesses certain amounts or concentrations of scheduled drug(s) may be charged with drug trafficking.

As you might expect, penalties for this offense are harsh. How harsh depends on the type and amount of drug trafficked.

Maine has four different drug schedules (W, X, Y, Z), as follows:

  • Schedule W: includes drugs like heroin, morphine, amphetamines, cocaine, etc.
  • Schedule X: includes chlorhexadol, sulfondiethylmethane, hashish, ketamine
  • Schedule Y: includes phenobarbital, codeine, diazepam, chloralhydrate
  • Schedule Z: Includes all other prescription drugs, marijuana, synthetic carbinoids

Schedule W is the most serious classification.

Drug trafficking is treated as a Class B, C, or D crime in Maine and the penalties are as follows:

Class B crimes (felonies)

  • Includes trafficking in a Schedule W drug, 20 pounds or more of marijuana or growing 500 or more marijuana plants
  • Penalty of up to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $20,000

Class C crimes (felonies)

  • Includes trafficking in a Schedule X drug, possessing more than one pound of marijuana but less than 20 pounds, and growing between 100 and 500 marijuana plants
  • Penalty of up to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $5,000

Class D crimes (misdemeanors)

  • Includes trafficking in Schedule Y or Schedule Z drugs
  • Penalty of up to 364 days in county jail and a fine of up to $2,000

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