All states regulate and control the sale of controlled dangerous substances (CDS), though each differs in its exact definition of CDS and the penalties for sale. Wyoming classifies not only well-known drugs like marijuana, heroin, and cocaine as CDS, but also the compounds used to manufacture them.
This article discusses the illegal manufacture and sale of CDS only. Illegally possessing CDS for personal use carries different penalties. For more information on possession of CDS for personal use, see Possession of Controlled Substances in Wyoming.
Also, while marijuana is considered a CDS, this article does not cover Wyoming’s marijuana possession and sale laws. To learn more about that topic, see Wyoming Marijuana Laws.
How Wyoming Classifies CDS
Wyoming divides CDS into five “Schedules”. Schedule I lists the most dangerous drugs, which have a high probability of abuse and addiction, and no recognized medical value. Schedules II, III, IV, and V decrease in dangerousness and probability of abuse, and increase in recognized medical uses.
If you’ve been arrested for illegal CDS production or sales, you’ll need to consult the Wyoming Code that lists precisely which drugs fit into each group. Go to the statutes (Wy. Stat. Ann. § 35-7-1014, -1016, -1018, -1020, & -1022.) and find the substance you're charged with selling -- it will be listed under one of the five schedules.
Penalties for Making or Selling CDS
It is illegal in Wyoming to make or sell CDS (or possess CDS with the intent do these things). Penalties vary according to the type of CDS involved. (Wy. Stat. Ann. § 35-7-1031.)
Schedule I or II narcotic CDS, or methamphetamine
Penalties include a fine of up to $25,000, up to 20 years in prison, or both.
All other Schedule I, II, or III CDS
Penalties include a fine of up to $10,000, up to ten years in prison, or both.
Schedule IV CDS
Penalties include a fine of up to $2,500, up to two years in prison, or both.
Schedule V CDS
Penalties include a fine of up to $1,000, up to one year in jail, or both.
Talk to an Attorney
CDS manufacture or sale convictions can incur harsh fines and long periods of incarceration. A local lawyer who practices CDS defense will review the facts of your case, explain your options, and advise you of the possible consequences.