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 by increasing levels of dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin.
The most common POCS substances are typically Methamphetamine, Cocaine, and Heroin. Those three POCS substances make up nearly 65% of the POCS arrests in Austin and Travis County.
Possession of a Controlled Substance can also involve the unauthorized possession of prescription drugs and prescription pills. The most common POCS arrests in Austin are for Possession of: Dilaudid, Lorcet, Lortab, POCS OxyContin, POCS Percocet, POCS Percodan, Tylox, POCS Vicodin, Librium, Valium, POCS Xanax, Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin.
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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.
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.
One gram to four 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.
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.
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