What is the difference between Crack Cocaine vs Powder Cocaine?
Crack cocaine a highly addictive form of cocaine that can be smoked. Typically, crack cocaine is distributed in the form of “rocks”. Crack is a freebase form of cocaine that’s street value is cheaper than powder cocaine.
In the past, in South Carolina, there was a disparity between the sentencing of those found in possession of crack cocaine versus those found in possession of powdered cocaine. Typically, stiffer sentences were given to those found to be in possession of crack cocaine. Arguments were made that essentially it is the same drug, and the sentencing disparity favors the rich because on the street powder cocaine sells for more. Today, crack cocaine and powdered cocaine carry the same sentences. The only variance comes in regards to the amount that one possesses and whether there is intent to distribute.
In South Carolina, Crack Cocaine Distribution laws are listed under Code §44-53-375 and includes “Possession, Manufacture, and Trafficking; Methamphetamine and Cocaine Base”. This law as amended includes anything that has a cocaine base including powdered cocaine and crack cocaine. If convicted of crack cocaine distribution, you may face harsh penalties including hefty fines and imprisonment. In South Carolina, the law builds upon itself with each prior narcotics conviction influencing the amount of time you may currently serve.
Penalties for Crack Cocaine Distribution
- A first offense crack cocaine distribution conviction holds a fine of $25,000 and imprisonment of no more than 15 years.
- A second offense crack cocaine distribution conviction (including 1 or more previous narcotic offenses) carries a fine of no more than $50,000 and imprisonment of no less than five years and no more than 30 years.
- A third offense crack cocaine distribution offense (including 2 or more previous narcotic offenses) carries a fine o no more than $50,000 and imprisonment of no less than 15 years and no more than 30 years.
If you have been charged with distribution of crack cocaine, or any other drug crime, it is important that you contact a South Carolina Drug Crimes Attorney. If crack distribution occurred between across state lines, you may face federal charges in addition to drug charges in South Carolina. Contacting a drug crimes attorney at the Strom Law Firm, LLC can help you secure a more beneficial outcome. Don’t wait until the verdict is in. Even if the drug charge is misdemeanor, it can still impact you in your future. Call the Strom Law Firm today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.