When it comes to the prison sentence that you may face for a drug trafficking conviction in North Carolina, the type of substance and the amount in your possession make a difference in how long the mandatory minimum sentence will be. According to Families Against Mandatory Minimums, the sentence could be between 25 and 225 months. While serving a mandatory minimum sentence, you would not be eligible for suspension of your sentence, parole or probation.

Here are some of the mandatory minimum sentences for selling, manufacturing, delivering or possessing some common controlled substances.

25 months

Class H drug trafficking felonies include possession of between 10 and 50 pounds of marijuana, 50 to 250 units of a synthetic cannabinoid and 28 to 200 grams of amphetamines.

35 months

Class G felonies involve the following amounts of substances:

  • Marijuana: 50 to 2,000 pounds
  • Synthetic cannabinoids: 250 to 1,250 units
  • Cocaine: 28 to 200 grams
  • Amphetamines: 200 to 400 grams
  • LSD or MDMA: 100 to 500 units

70 months

You may receive a Class F felony conviction for possession of between 2,000 and 10,000 pounds of marijuana, 1,250 to 3,750 units of a synthetic cannabinoid, between 4 and 14 grams of prescription opiates or heroin, 200 to 400 grams of cocaine, 28 to 200 grams of methamphetamine, or 500 to 1,000 units of LSD or MDMA.

If you are found in possession of amounts exceeding these, you could face 90 months for a class E felony conviction, 175 months for a class D felony conviction, or 225 months for a class C felony conviction. However, there are situations where a judge may impose a shorter sentence or place you on probation, such as if you assist in the apprehension of other offenders.

This general information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice.