Louisiana has some of the most severe drug possession and distribution consequences in the nation. Penalties vary depending on the type of substance and the amount.
People facing drug charges should learn more about the possible penalties before attending their court date.
Heroin and Schedule I narcotics
Possession of heroin or another other narcotic listed in Schedule I results in four to 10 years in prison. Those convicted may also receive a fine of up to $5,000. Manufacturing or selling heroin and other Schedule I narcotics carries five to 50 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Possession of MDMA carries up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $500. Making or selling this drug results in five to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
LSD, psilocybin mushrooms and other hallucinogens can carry possession penalties of up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. For selling or making these types of drugs, it is possible to receive the same distribution and manufacturing penalties as for MDMA.
Opium and Schedule II narcotics
Possession of drugs in this category, including morphine and codeine, can result in up to five years in jail or state prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Distribution or manufacturing charges for these substances carries two to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
Possession of powder or crack cocaine carries the same penalties as for opium and Schedule II narcotics, although these penalties may increase depending on the amount of cocaine in question. Manufacturing these substances can result in 10 to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000. Distribution convictions have the same penalties as for MDMA and hallucinogens.
Although these are the most common types of drug charges, other substances also carry significant fines and jail time. Examples including methamphetamine, GHB, Rohypnol and inhalants.