As a resort city known for its nightclubs and casinos that are open 24 hours a day, cocaine is a drug commonly involved in many arrests throughout Las Vegas. Tourists and residents alike partaking in the legal vices of Sin City that are banned in most other parts of the country mistakenly assume that cocaine is not taken seriously by local law enforcement.
The truth remains that possession of cocaine is a felony offense under Nevada state law. Convictions for cocaine offenses carry steep penalties, including possible prison sentences and significant fines.
If you have been arrested for any kind of a cocaine offense in Nevada, you will want to immediately retain legal counsel. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger can fight to get these criminal charges reduced or dismissed.
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While cocaine is classified as Schedule II controlled substance under federal law, state law in Nevada classifies cocaine as a Schedule I drug—essentially making it one of the most serious controlled substances in the Silver State. Previous controlled substance convictions under the laws of the United States or any state, territory, or district can be counted against offenders.
Offenses involving less than four grams of cocaine will generally lead to offenders being charged with one of the following crimes:
Offer, attempt, or commission of unauthorized act relating to cocaine
Under Nevada Revised Statute 453.321, those who import, transport, sell, exchange, barter, supply, prescribe, dispense, give away, administer, manufacture, or compound cocaine, or offer or attempt to do any of those acts, will be charged with a category B felony and face the following penalties:
Nevada Revised Statute 453.336 establishes the following penalties for knowingly or intentionally possessing cocaine:
Under Nevada Revised Statute 453.337, a person who possesses cocaine for the purpose of sale faces the following penalties:
Possession for sale requires the prosecutor to prove the alleged offender’s criminal intent, which can be a difficult burden to satisfy. Oftentimes, prosecutors will rely on other circumstantial evidence such as cocaine being divided into separate plastic baggies or the alleged offender carrying a large amount of cash to illustrate possession for the purpose of sale.
Possession of four grams or more of cocaine is a serious offense because the crime is classified as trafficking. A trafficking offense carries much stiffer penalties, depending on the amount that a person possessed.
Trafficking penalties under Nevada Revised Statute 453.3385 include:
Cocaine Anonymous (CA) of Greater Las Vegas and Southern Nevada Area — CA is a fellowship of, by, and for cocaine addicts seeking recovery that uses the Twelve Step recovery method adapted from the program developed by Alcoholics Anonymous. On this website, you can find the times and locations of meetings in the greater Las Vegas area. You can also learn more about CA activities in the area and find the number for a hotline if you need to call for help.
DrugFacts: Cocaine | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) — NIDA is a research institute within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. You can learn more about what cocaine is, how it affects the brain, and other health effects of using cocaine on this section of the NIDA website. It also contains links to information and research about cocaine.
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