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Penalties for possessing a precursor for a controlled substance


Facing a drug crime can be a very serious offense. While a minor possession charge might not carry with it harsh penalties, a person accused of manufacturing a controlled substance could endure long-term consequences and severe penalties. Thus, it is important to understand how one could face such a charge and what could result if a conviction occurs.

According to North Carolina law at section 90 to 95, it is not only unlawful to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance, but it is also unlawful to possess with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a controlled substance. Additionally, it is unlawful to create, sell, deliver or posses with the intent to sell or deliver a counterfeit controlled substance. Anyone found to violate these laws with regards to a schedule I or II controlled substance could face a Class H or Class G felony. Unless a person was accused of packaging or repackaging methamphetamine, which is a Class H felony, a charge for manufacturing methamphetamine is a Class C felony.

With regards to precursors, which are items used to manufacture a controlled substance, it is unlawful to possess an immediate precursor chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance or be in possession or distribute an immediate precursor chemical with the knowledge or reasonable belief that it will be used to manufacture a controlled substance. A person who violates this law could be punished with a Class F felony. There is a list that contains 45 precursor chemicals, which has been designated by the Commission.

Whether a person is accused of possession, possession with the intent to distribute or drug manufacturing, it is important to understand what these crimes entail as well as the possible penalties. This can give an individual a clear picture regarding his or her criminal defense options and what steps are necessary to help clear their name, reducing gor dismissing the charges against them.

Source: Ncleg.net, "§ 90-95. Violations; penalties," accessed Sept. 10, 2017

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