Oklahoma City may not be mistaken for New York City when it comes to the prevalence of drugs and crime (and that's a good thing), but sitting in the middle of the country means the Sooner State also sits in the middle of many drug transport routes. Oklahoma authorities take drug trafficking seriously and crack down heavily on cocaine sale and possession (both felonies under state law) in response to the increase of violence that can accompany the manufacturing, trafficking, and use of cocaine. Here is a quick introduction to cocaine laws in Oklahoma.
State Cocaine Laws
Cocaine is listed as a Schedule I narcotic, meaning every state (and the federal government) criminalizes cocaine possession, sale, and trafficking, although state cocaine laws might vary in terms of penalties. The sale of cocaine in Oklahoma could mean up to 30 years in prison and a $300,000 fine, and even simple possession could mean 20 years in prison, depending on the amount and if you have prior convictions.
Cocaine Statutes in Oklahoma
The following table lists the specifics of Oklahoma's cocaine statutes.
Oklahoma Statutes Title 63 §§2-101, et seq.: Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act
Felony, 2-10 yrs.; Subsequent offense: felony, 4-20 yrs.; Within 1000 ft. of school or in presence of child under 12: up to double penalties; Subsequent offense: up to triple penalties
Felony, 5 yrs.-life, up to $100,000; Subsequent offense: double penalties with at least 10 yrs; Within 1000 ft. of school or in presence of child under 12: up to double penalties; Subsequent offense: up to triple penalties
28-300 g.: $25,000-100,000 and prison term; 300 g. or more: $100,000-500,000 and prison term
As noted above, federal narcotics laws also prohibit cocaine possession, manufacturing and cultivation, and trafficking and distribution. And federal penalties can be severe if you are convicted for cocaine possession or sale across state lines. That being said, some jurisdictions have recently created specialized “drug courts” that can allow some defendants commit to drug treatment programs in lieu of lengthy jail sentences. The state's Department of Mental Health runs Drug Courts in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Cocaine Laws: Related Resources
Drug laws normally reflect local attitudes towards drugs and can be subject to change. If you would like legal advice regarding a drug matter, you can contact an Oklahoma drug crime attorney. You can also find more information and resources in FindLaw's section on Drug Charges. If you are worried that you or someone you know may have a drug or substance abuse problem, Oklahoma's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services has resources that may help.