Possession for Sale (HS 11351):
It is a crime to possess narcotics in California. Possession for sale of controlled substance(s) is an even more serious crime. If you are found, by a police officer, with large quantities of a drug, packaging of the drug in separate baggies, scales, lots of cash, and/or the presence of heavy traffic of people going in and out of your home, you can be expected to be arrested and charged under California’s Health and Safety Code 11351.
Penalties (HS 11351):
Possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell is a felony. A conviction can place you in county jail for 2 to 4 years or probation may be granted with only a year in county and/or a maximum of $20,000 fine. If the prosecutor proves that you have engaged in multiple sales, the penalties imposed would be in connection to each intended sale. If you are a legal immigrant or legal alien, a conviction could lead to possible deportation.
HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE
11350. (a) Except as otherwise provided in this division, every
person who possesses (1) any controlled substance specified in
subdivision (b) or (c), or paragraph (1) of subdivision (f) of
Section 11054, specified in paragraph (14), (15), or (20) of
subdivision (d) of Section 11054, or specified in subdivision (b) or
(c) of Section 11055, or specified in subdivision (h) of Section
11056, or (2) any controlled substance classified in Schedule III,
IV, or V which is a narcotic drug, unless upon the written
prescription of a physician, dentist, podiatrist, or veterinarian
licensed to practice in this state, shall be punished by imprisonment
pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 of the Penal Code.
(b) Except as otherwise provided in this division, every person
who possesses any controlled substance specified in subdivision (e)
of Section 11054 shall be punished by imprisonment in a county jail
for not more than one year or pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section
1170 of the Penal Code.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this division, whenever a
person who possesses any of the controlled substances specified in
subdivision (a) or (b), the judge may, in addition to any punishment
provided for pursuant to subdivision (a) or (b), assess against that
person a fine not to exceed seventy dollars ($70) with proceeds of
this fine to be used in accordance with Section 1463.23 of the Penal
Code. The court shall, however, take into consideration the defendant’
s ability to pay, and no defendant shall be denied probation because
of his or her inability to pay the fine permitted under this
(d) Except in unusual cases in which it would not serve the
interest of justice to do so, whenever a court grants probation
pursuant to a felony conviction under this section, in addition to
any other conditions of probation which may be imposed, the following
conditions of probation shall be ordered:
(1) For a first offense under this section, a fine of at least one
thousand dollars ($1,000) or community service.
(2) For a second or subsequent offense under this section, a fine
of at least two thousand dollars ($2,000) or community service.
(3) If a defendant does not have the ability to pay the minimum
fines specified in paragraphs (1) and (2), community service shall be
ordered in lieu of the fine.
(e) It is not unlawful for a person other than the prescription
holder to possess a controlled substance described in subdivision (a)
if both of the following apply:
(1) The possession of the controlled substance is at the direction
or with the express authorization of the prescription holder.
(2) The sole intent of the possessor is to deliver the
prescription to the prescription holder for its prescribed use or to
discard the substance in a lawful manner.
(f) This section does not permit the use of a controlled substance
by a person other than the prescription holder or permit the
distribution or sale of a controlled substance that is otherwise
inconsistent with the prescription.