Information on South Carolina Drug Laws


INFORMATION ON SOUTH CAROLINA DRUG LAWS


The following is a partial list of South Carolina’s drug laws. The University of South Carolina Aiken prohibits possession, use, manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs and supports all applicable state laws. For further information and a complete list of laws relating to offenses, please see Chapter 53, Title 44 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended. Copies of the laws are available in the USCA Library.

MARIJUANA - HASHISH - METHAQUALONE - AMPHETAMINE
ACTION: Illegal possession of 1 ounce or less of marijuana, or 10 grams or less of hashish.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 30 days or not less than $100 nor more than $200.
2nd or subsequent offenses - Not more than 1 year and/or $200 to $1,000.

ACTION: Illegal possession of methaqualone, amphetamine, or more than 1 ounce of marijuana, or more than 10 grams of hashish.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 6 months and/or not more than $1,000.
2nd or subsequent offenses - Not more than 1 year and/or not more than $2,000.

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with the intent to distribute.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 5 years and/or not more than $5,000.
2nd offense - Not more than 10 years and/or not more than $10,000.
3rd or subsequent offenses - Not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years and/or not more than $20,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (10 lbs. to 100 lbs. of marijuana).
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not less than 1 year nor more than 10 years and $10,000.
2nd offense - Not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years and $15,000.
3rd or subsequent offenses - 25 years and $25,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (100 lbs. to 2,000 lbs. of marijuana, or 100 to 1,000 marijuana plants regardless of weight).
PENALTY: 25 years and $25,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (2,000 lbs. to 10,000 lbs. of marijuana, or 1,000 to 10,000 marijuana plants regardless of weight).
PENALTY: 25 years and $50,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (10,000 lbs. or more of marijuana, or 10,000 or more marijuana plants regardless of weight).
PENALTY: Not less than 25 years nor more than 30 years and $200,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (15 grams to 150 grams of methaqualone).
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not less than 1 year nor more than 10 years and $10,000.
2nd or subsequent offenses - 25 years and $25,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (150 grams to 1500 grams of methaqualone).
PENALTY: 25 years and $25,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (1500 grams to 15 kilograms of methaqualone).
PENALTY: 25 years and $50,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (15 kilograms or more of methaqualone).
PENALTY: Not less than 25 years nor more than 30 years and $200,000.

LSD - HEROIN - COCAINE
ACTION: Illegal possession.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 2 years and/or not more than $5,000.
2nd offense - Not more than 3 years and/or not more than $5,000.
3rd or subsequent offenses - Not more than 4 years and/or not more than $10,000.

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with the intent to distribute.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 15 years and/or not more than $25,000.
2nd offense - Not less than 5 years nor more than 30 years and/or not more than $50,000.
3rd or subsequent offenses - Not less than 15 years nor more than 30 years and/or not more than $50,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (10 grams to 28 grams of cocaine).
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not less than 3 years nor more than 10 years and $25,000.
2nd offense - Not less than 5 years nor more than 30 years and $50,000.
3rd or subsequent offenses - Not less than 25 years nor more than 30 years and $50,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (28 grams to 100 grams of cocaine).
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not less than 7 years nor more than 25 years and $50,000.
2nd offense - Not less than 7 years nor more than 30 years and $50,000.
3rd or subsequent offenses - Not less than 25 years nor more than 30 years and $50,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (100 grams to 200 grams of cocaine).
PENALTY: 25 years and $50,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (200 to 400 grams or more of cocaine).
PENALTY: 25 years and $100,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (400 grams or more of cocaine)
PENALTY: Not less that 25 years nor more than 30 years and $200,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (4 grams to 14 grams of heroin, opium or morphine).
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not less than 7 years nor more than 25 years and $50,000.
2nd or subsequent offenses - 25 years and $100,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (14 grams to 28 grams of heroin, opium or morphine).
PENALTY: 25 years and $200,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (28 grams or more of heroin, opium or morphine).
PENALTY: Not less than 25 years nor more than 40 years and $200,000.

ICE - CRANK - CRACK COCAINE
ACTION: Illegal possession of less than 1 gram.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not less than 2 years nor more than 5 years and not less than $5,000.
2nd offense - Not less than 4 years nor more than 7 years and not less than $10,000.
3rd or subsequent offenses - Not less than 10 years nor more than 15 years and not less than $15,000.

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution, purchase or possession with intent to distribute (more than 1 grm).
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not less than 15 years nor more than 20 years and not less than $25,000.
2nd offense - Not less than 25 years nor more than 30 years and not less than $50,000.
3rd or subsequent offenses - Not less than 30 years nor more than 40 years and not less than $100,000.

ACTION: Trafficking (more than 100 grams)
PENALTY: 25 years and $50,000.

ANABOLIC STEROIDS
ACTION: Illegal possession of 10 or fewer dosage units without a valid prescription.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 6 months or not more than $1,000.
2nd or subsequent offenses - Not more than 1 year and/or not more than $2,000.

ACTION: Illegal possession of 10 to 100 dosage units without a valid prescription.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 1 year and/or not more than $2,000.
2nd or subsequent offenses - Not more than 2 years and/or not more than $3,000.

ACTION: Illegal possession of more than 100 dosage units without a valid prescription.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 5 years and/or not more than $5,000.
2nd or subsequent offenses - Not more than 10 years and/or not more than $10,000.

SUSPENSION OF DRIVER’S LICENSE
In addition to the above, the driver’s license of any person convicted of a controlled sub-stance violation involving hashish or marijuana must be suspended for a period of 6 months. The driver’s license of any person convicted of any other controlled substance violation must be suspended for a period of 1 year. Be aware that state drug laws are subject to change.

INFORMATION ON FEDERAL DRUG LAWS
The following is a partial list of federal drug laws. The University of South Carolina Aiken prohibits the possession, use, manufacturing or distribution of illegal drugs and supports all applicable drug laws. For further information and a complete list of the laws relating to drug offenses, please see Title 21 of the U.S. Code of Laws, as amended, available in the USCA Library.

ACTION: Illegal possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 1 year and/or not less than $1,000.
2nd offense - Not less than 15 days nor more than 2 years and not less than $2500.
3rd or subsequent offense - Not less than 90 days nor more than 3 years and not less than $5000.

ACTION: Illegal possession of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base.
PENALTY:
1st offense - If the amount exceeds 5 grams, not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years and/or a fine as prescribed by Title 18 of the U.S. Code.
2nd offense - If the amount exceeds 3 grams, not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years and /or a fine as prescribed by Title 18 of the U.S. Code. 3rd offense — If the amount exceeds 1 gram, not less than 5 years nor more than 20 years and/or a fine as prescribed by Title 18 of the U.S. Code.

ACTION: Illegal distribution of controlled substances to persons under the age of 21.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Imprisonment (for not less than 1 year) and/or a fine, neither to exceed twice that authorized by 21 U.S.C.A. Section 841 (b).
2nd or Subsequent offenses - Imprisonment (for not less than 1 year) and/or a fine, neither to exceed twice that authorized by 21 U.S.C.A. Section 841 (b).

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to manufacture or distribute controlled substances in or on, or within 1000 feet of the real property compromising a public or private elementary, vocational, secondary school, college, junior college or university, or within 100 feet of a playground, public or private youth center, public swimming pool or video arcade.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Imprisonment (for not less than 1 year) and/or a fine, neither to exceed twice that authorized by 21 U.S.C.A. Section 841 (b)
2nd or Subsequent offenses - Not less than 3 years nor more than life (or 3 times that authorized by a offense, whichever is greater) and/or a fine not to exceed 3 times that authorized by 21 U.S.C.A. Section 841 (b).

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to manufacture or distribute:
(a) 1 kilogram or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable
amount of heroin; or
(b) 5 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine; or
(c) 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base; or
(d) 100 grams or more of PCP or 1 kilogram or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of PCP; or
(e) 10 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of LSD; or
(f) 1000 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana, or 1000 or more marijuana plants regardless of weight; or
(g) 100 grams or more of methamphetamine, or 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not less than 10 years nor more than life (if death or serious bodily harm results from the use of such substance, imprisonment shall be for not less than 20 years nor more than life) and/ or a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $4,000,000.
2nd offense - Not less than 20 years nor more than life (if death or serious bodily harm results from the use of such substance, imprisonment shall be for life) and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $8,000,000.
3rd offense - Life imprisonment.

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to manufacture or distribute:
(a) 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of heroin; or
(b) 500 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of cocaine; or
(c) 5 grams or more of a mixture or substance which contains cocaine base; or
(d) 10 grams or more of PCP or 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of PCP; or
(e) 1 gram or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount or LSD; or
(f) 100 kilograms or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of marijuana, or 100 or more marijuana plants regardless or weight; or
(g) 10 grams or more of methamphetamine, or 100 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not less than 5 years nor more than 40 years (if death or serious bodily injury results from the use of such substance, imprisonment shall be for not less than 20 years or more than life) and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $2,000,000.
2nd or Subsequent offenses - Not less than 10 years nor more than life (if death or serious bodily injury results from the use of such substance, imprisonment shall be for life) and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of twice that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $4,000,000.

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to manufacture or distribute:
(a) 50 kilograms or less of marijuana (except in the case of 50 or more marijuana plants regardless of weight);or
(b) 10 kilograms or less of hashish, or 1 kilogram or less of hashish oil.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 5 years and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized by Title 18 or $250,000.
2nd offense - Not more than 10 years and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of twice that authorized by Title 18 or $500,000.

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to manufacture or distribute any controlled substance listed in Schedule I or II (e.g. LSD, heroin, marijuana, opium, morphine) of 21 U.S.C.A. Section 812 (except as provided else-where).
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 20 years (if death or serious bodily injury results from the use of such substance, imprisonment shall be for not less than 20 years nor more than life) and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $1,000,000.
2nd or Subsequent offenses - Not more than 30 years (if death or serious bodily injury results from the use of such substance, imprisonment shall be for life) and/ or a fine not to exceed the greater of twice that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $2,000,000.

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to manufacture or distribute any controlled substance listed in Schedule IV of 21 U.S.C.A. Section 812.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Not more than 3 years and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $250,000.
2nd or subsequent offenses - Not more than 6 years and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of twice that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $500,000.

ACTION: Illegal manufacture, distribution or possession with intent to manufacture or distribute a controlled substance listed in Schedule V of 21 U.S.C.A. Section 812.
PENALTY:
1st offense - Nor more than 1 year and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $100,000.
2nd or subsequent offenses - Not more than 2 years and/or a fine not to exceed the greater of twice that authorized by Title 18 of the U.S. Code or $200,000.
Be aware that federal drug laws are subject to change.

ALCOHOL AND DRUG RESOURCES
USCA Counseling Center - The Center offers free individual, family and group counseling in a confidential environment. USCA students can access services by visiting the Counseling Center in Suite 126 of the Business and Education Building or by calling 649-3609. Website: http://www.usca.edu/cc/
AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) - A 12-step program for those who have a desire to stop drinking. Regular meetings are held in various locations in the community; call 648-1509 for schedule and locations. Website: http://alcoholics-anonymous.org/
Al-Anon/Alateen – 12-step programs for families and friends of addicted individuals. Regular meetings are held in various locations in the community; call 648-1509 for sche-dule and locations. Website: http://www.al-anon.org/ USCA University Police – For assistance with information, emergencies, safety and law enforcement on the Aiken campus, call 6111 from a campus telephone or 648-4011 from an off-campus telephone. Website: http://www.usca.edu/ps/
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – A resource for faculty and staff of the university. Contact the Human Resources Department by visiting Penland 116 or calling 641-3317.

See below for comprehensive listing of area resources.
DIRECTORY OF ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE PROGRAMS IN AIKEN
COUNTY AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES

Aiken
The Aiken Center
1105 Gregg Highway
Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 649-1900
http://www.aikencenter.org

Aurora Pavilion Behavioral Health Services
(Aiken Regional Medical Centers)
655 Medical Park Drive
Aiken, SC 29801
(803) 641-5900 or 800-273-7911 
http://www.aikenregional.com/hospital-services/behavioral-health-services

Allendale
New Life Center
570 Memorial Avenue
Allendale, SC 29810
(803) 584-4238
http://www.daodas.state.sc.us

Bamberg
The Dawn Center
608 North Main Street
Bamberg, SC 29003
(803) 245-4360
http://www.daodas.state.sc.us

Barnwell
Axis I Center of Barnwell
1644 Jackson Street
Barnwell, SC 29812
(803) 541-1245
24-hour Hotline 803-259-3338 
http://www.axis1.org/

Edgefield

Cornerstone
603 Augusta Road
Edgefield, SC 29824
(803) 637-9336
www.cornerstonecares.org

Hampton
New Life Center
102 Cinn Altman Avenue
Suite C
Hampton, SC 29924
(803) 943-2800
http://www.daodas.state.sc.us 

Lexington
LRADAC
1068 South Lake Drive
Lexington, SC 29073
(803) 726-9400
http://www.lradac.org/

McCormick
Cornerstone
504 North Mine Street
McCormick, SC 29835
(864) 852-3306
www.cornerstonecares.org

Orangeburg
The Dawn Center 
910 Cook Road
Orangeburg, SC 29118
(803)536-4900
www.mccordcenter.com 

Richland
LRADAC
2711 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
(803) 726-9300
http://www.lradac.org/

Saluda
Saluda Behavioral Health System
204 Ramage Street
Saluda, SC 29138
(864) 445-2968
http://www.saludabhs.com/