Earlier this month, following a traffic stop in Pacifica, a man was arrested for fentanyl possession. According to Patch, an online news outlet, the man, a 45-year-old from Santa Cruz, was arrested on multiple charges after police pulled him over for a vehicle code violation.
The traffic stop happened around 2:20 am near Linda Mar Boulevard and State Route 1. Although the police said that they pulled the man over for a vehicle code violation, he reportedly also was on probation and had an outstanding warrant. Police searched the vehicle during the traffic stop and allegedly found over 1.5 ounces of fentanyl and other drug-related items.
Reportedly, the charges that the man is facing include possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance. He is also facing charges related to the outstanding warrant and may face charges for probation violations.
Is Fentanyl Possession a Felony in California?
It is against the law to possess fentanyl in California. In many cases, fentanyl possession in California is only a misdemeanor. However, if a person accused of fentanyl possession has a criminal background involving certain crimes (such as sex crimes or violent crimes), has a large amount of fentanyl in their possession, or is charged with the transportation of and/or intent to sell fentanyl, a fentanyl possession charge can rise to the level of a felony. The following are the penalties for fentanyl possession in California:
- Misdemeanor fentanyl possession – Up to a year in jail and up to $20,000 in fines.
- Felony fentanyl possession – Up to $20,000 in fines and up to four years in prison.
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