As reported by Amanda Milkovits in the September 15, 2011 edition of the Providence Journal, a convicted drug dealer was arrested by Providence Police and charged with possession with intent to deliver and selling drugs near a school zone. In the man's car and home, police found cocaine, marijuana and cash. The man has an extensive criminal record involving drug related arrests.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 21-28-4.01(a), it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.
The penalties vary based on the categorization of the drug and include:
(i) A controlled substance classified in schedule I or II, is guilty of a crime and upon conviction may be imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) years, or fined not more than one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) nor less than three thousand dollars ($3,000), or both;
(ii) A controlled substance classified in schedule III or IV, is guilty of a crime and upon conviction may be imprisoned for not more than twenty (20) years, or fined not more than forty thousand dollars ($40,000), or both; provided, with respect to a controlled substance classified in schedule III(d), upon conviction may be imprisoned for not more than five (5) years, or fined not more than twenty thousand dollars ($20,000), or both.
(iii) A controlled substance classified in schedule V, is guilty of a crime and upon conviction may be imprisoned for not more than one year, or fined not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000), or both.
The man also faces the additional charge of sell drugs near a school zone. Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 21-28-4.07.1:
Any person who violates § 21-28-4.01(A), 21-28-4.01.1, or 21-28-4.07 by distributing or manufacturing a controlled substance listed in schedules I or II in the building or on the grounds, or within three hundred (300) yards of the grounds of a public or private elementary, vocational, or secondary school, or public park or playground shall be punished by a term of imprisonment or fine, or both, up to twice that authorized by § 21-28-4.01(A) or 21-28-4.07, but not exceeding life imprisonment.
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