Class B Drugs - Cocaine, LSD, Oxycontin, Ecstasy, Amphetamines, Methamphetamines, and PCP or Angel Dust
Under the Massachusetts’ Controlled Substances Act, Class B drugs are considered the second most dangerous category of illegal substances. The most common drugs found in Class B are Viocodin, LSD, Cocaine, and Valium.
Vicodin is a drug prescribed for severe pain relief. It is the most widely-prescribed opioid in the United States, and can be highly addictive.
LSD, or lysergic acid diethylamide, is made from a fungus that grows on rye and certain other grains. It is mainly produced in the U.S. and is sold as tablets, capsules, or gelatin squares. LSD is one of the most powerful mood-altering drugs in the world.
Cocaine is the powder or crystal form of chemicals extracted from coca plant leaves. In crystal form, it is usually referred to as crack cocaine. Cocaine is often combined with other drugs or substances like corn starch or sugar. Mixing cocaine with other drugs makes it even more dangerous, as users have less ability to control the amount of cocaine in their body, and the substances with which cocaine is mixed can be dangerous on their own. Cocaine is especially dangerous for women who are pregnant, as it causes serious birth defects. Cocaine has become a multibillion-dollar black market industry.
Valium, or diazepam, is a prescription drug used primarily for anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures. Even when used for medicinal purposes, valium is highly addictive if used for a long time. Because valium addiction develops at different rates in different individuals, it can be difficult to predict when an addiction will start, but it is generally considered unsafe after 6 months of regular use. Because of the high associated with valium use, it has gained popularity as a cheap substitute for heroin, and has become increasingly prevalent on the black market.
According to the Boston Public Health Commission, Class B violations account for the largest portion of drug arrests in the city of Boston, and among Class B arrests, most are for cocaine and crack. Those arrested are predominantly male, between the ages of 25 and 39.
Under Section 32A of the Controlled Substances Act (M.G.L. Chapter 94C), the manufacture, distribution, dispensing, and possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a Class B substance is illegal. Violations of Section 32A carry penalties of up to 10 years in state prison, or up to 2.5 years in the house of correction, and/or a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000. For second and subsequent offenses, the penalty increases to not less than 2 years to 10 years. This mandatory 2-year minimum means that an individual convicted of a second or subsequent offense will receive at least a 2 year sentence. In addition, the individual will be fined between $2,500 and $25,000.
The statute does provide for parole eligibility after half of the maximum sentence term is served, however, only if the underlying offense did not involve a firearm or any violent conduct.
If you have been arrested for a Class B drug violation, you should immediately contact the drug crimes defense attorneys at the law firm of Altman & Altman. Drug crimes are prosecuted aggressively in Massachusetts, and, given the mandatory minimum sentences that kick in for second and subsequent drug convictions, it is important to protect your record. Our experienced attorneys have been defending against drug charges for over 40 years in courts throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Drug cases are usually complex, and require innovative case strategies and defenses. Drug laws are also a constantly evolving area of the law. Our lawyers will meticulously investigate your case, and rely on cutting edge legal techniques to help you resolve your case.
Drug cases also often bring up constitutional issues – in particular your right to counsel, and your rights to be free from unconstitutional searches and seizures. The expert drug crimes attorneys at Altman & Altman know how to enforce your constitutional rights, and how to use these issues to successfully resolve your case.
Furthermore, our firm is committed to client service. We are available by phone and email 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With offices located in downtown Boston and in Cambridge, we are accessible to clients throughout the Commonwealth. Call us today to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your rights and meet one of our expert drug crimes defense attorneys.