What are the penalties for possession of cocaine or meth in Tennessee?

The penalties for cocaine, crack, and methamphetamine are stricter than those for marijuana. The penalties are often based on the weight of the drug involved. Common charges involving cocaine and meth are simple possession or possession with intent to sell.

Simple Possession

First and Second Offense

  • Up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a $2,500.00 fine

Third Offense

  • Class E felony: carries a sentence of one to six years in jail and a fine up to $3,000.00

Possession with intent to sell

The penalties for possession with intent to sell are based on the amount of cocaine or meth, and are as follows:

Class of Felony
Jail Time
.5 grams to 26 grams Class B Felony 8- 30 years Up to $100,000.00
26 grams to 300 grams Class B Felony 8- 30 years Up to $200,000.00
300 grams or more Class A Felony 15-60 years Up to $500,000.00

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