Controlling the drug trade is a big focus for lawmakers here in Texas. This is why local, state and federal law enforcement officers regularly work together in Corpus Christi and along border regions to try and stop individuals from trying to bring some of the hardest Schedule I drugs including opioids and cocaine into this country. If the police catch you with these, then you're probably facing some severe penalties.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) created a rating system, or schedules, into which it could place controlled substances many years ago. There are five tiers to this system with Schedule I representing what federal agents believe are the most addictive and medically unnecessary substances and Schedule V ones being those that are less apt to be abused. These also have some valid health care uses.
Drugs that the federal agency considers to be most apt to be abused and to have no medical value are classified as Schedule I drugs. The DEA classifies marijuana, cocaine, heroin, phencyclidine (PCP) and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) to be these types of substances.
Federal officials describe any drugs that fall on the Schedule II list as those that individuals may develop a physical dependence on. The DEA warns that anyone who takes them may develop severe psychological conditions as well. The drugs that make this list include oxycodone, morphine, dextroamphetamine and methylphenidate.
Some of the controlled substances that make it on the list of Schedule III, IV and V drugs are less addictive than Schedule I and II ones. They have some accepted and safe medical uses as well. A variety of anti-anxiety drugs, analgesics, sedatives, tranquilizers and stimulants make the list of Schedule III, IV or V controlled substances. Prescription medications such as alprazolam, codeine, diazepam and propoxyphene are also classified as Schedule III, IV and V drugs.
The drug trade is a battle that local Corpus Christi, state and federal police officers are always fighting. This means that you're particularly vulnerable to being caught if you're doing or dealing a controlled substance. An attorney can help you handle the charges that threaten your freedoms and future.