State Police Arrest 15 in Drug Bust

As reported by Donita Naylor in the July 29, 2014 edition of the Providence Journal, the Rhode Island State Police have arrested fifteen (15) people for drug related offenses. They were charged with various offenses including delivery of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, solicitation and conspiracy to violate the controlled substances act. Police also seized cash, motor vehicles, over one thousand (1,000) grams of cocaine and other drug paraphernalia during the arrests.

Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 21-28-4.01, it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance. Cocaine is a scheduled I narcotic. The penalties for delivering or possession with intent to deliver for 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.

At least some of the people arrested are accused of delivering more than one (1) kilogram of cocaine. The penalties increased based on the quantity of drugs involved. It shall be unlawful for any person to possess, manufacture, sell, or deliver the following enumerated quantities of certain controlled substances:

(2) More than one kilogram (1 kg.) of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of

(i) Coca leaves, except coca leaves and extracts of coca leaves from which cocaine, ecgonine, and derivatives of ecgonine or their salts have been removed;

(ii) Cocaine, its salts, optical and geometric isomers, and salts of isomers;

(iii) Ecgonine, its derivatives, their salts, isomers, and salts of isomers; or

(iv) Any compound, mixture, or preparation which contains any quantity of any of the substances referred to in paragraphs (i) – (iii) of this subdivision.

The penalties if convicted include imprisoned for a term up to life and fined not more than one million dollars ($1,000,000).

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