What is it? Methamphetamine, also known as meth or crystal meth is a psychoactive drug known to increase energy and alertness, among other things, however the man made drug is fraught with high potential for abuse and addiction. Users continuously stimulate the psychological reward centers in the brain by increasing levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin. Strangely, Methamphetamine is FDA approved in the United States for the treatment of ADHD under the trademark name Desoxyn.
What makes it illegal? Sec. 481.115. OFFENSE: POSSESSION OF SUBSTANCE IN PENALTY GROUP 1. (a) Except as authorized by this chapter, a person commits an offense if the person knowingly or intentionally possesses a controlled substance listed in Penalty Group 1, unless the person obtained the substance directly from or under a valid prescription or order of a practitioner acting in the course of professional practice.
What are the Punishments? The Texas Health and Safety Code includes Methamphetamine in the Penalty Group 1 for illegal controlled substances. This means that less than one gram is a state jail felony, punishable by between 180 days to 2 years in state jail and fines less than $10,000. 1 gram to 4 grams is a third degree felony, punishable by between 2-10 years in state prison with no more than $10,000 fines. Between 4-200 grams will bring a second degree felony, with 2-20 years in prison. More than that weight or amount will yield even higher punishments.
Common Criminal Cases Involving Methamphetamine: The most common Methamphetamine arrests are the result of being stopped, detained, or arrested for other charges. Upon a search by the officer, Methamphetamine is usually found in a person's pocket, bag, or their car. Sometimes Methamphetamine is carelessly left sitting on the car dashboard or on the center console, in plain view.