A prosecutor can bring a drug distribution charge when they have probable cause to believe a person has sold, manufactured, or dispensed a controlled substance, or has possessed a controlled substance with intent to distribute it. Both the sale and possession with intent to sell are usually felonies in Colorado, and the penalties vary greatly with quantity.
Specifically, the Colorado legislature has defined drug distribution in Colorado Revised Statute 18-18-405 outlaws the following conduct:
1. That the defendant,
2. in the State of Colorado, at or about the date and place charged,
4. manufactured, dispensed, sold, or distributed a controlled substance.
4. possessed a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, dispense, sell, or distribute.
4. induced, attempted to induce, or conspired with one or more other persons to manufacture, dispense, sell, or distribute a controlled substance.
4. induced, attempted to induce, or conspired with one or more other persons to possess a controlled substance with intent to manufacture, dispense, sell, or distribute.
4. possessed one or more chemicals or supplies or equipment with intent to manufacture a controlled substance.
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Controlled substances include, but are not limited to cocaine, LSD, peyote, hallucinogenic mushrooms, heroin and opioids, amphetamines including meth, steroids, ecstasy, sleeping medications, and anti-anxiety medications like Xanex or Lorazepam and ADHD medications.
Although marijuana is also a controlled substance, they are regulated separately since the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado.
The penalties for the distribution of a controlled substance in Colorado vary depending upon the drug and the quantity. On the low end, the least serious trafficking offenses are class 1 drug misdemeanors punishable by not more than 18 months in jail, whereas class 1 drug felonies are prison mandatory offenses with a sentencing range of 8 to 32 years in the department of corrections.
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There are defenses to distribution cases in Colorado.
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