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The most serious drug-related felonies in New York state law are Operating as a Major Trafficker (Penal Law Section 220.77, the "Kingpin" Statute), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree (Penal Law Section 220.21) and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree (Penal Law Section 220.43). As Class-A1 felonies, they are punishable by a minimum of 8 years in state prison for first-time offenders, and by as many as 20 years. (Unfortunately, people charged with these crimes are ineligible for Judicial Diversion- the program whereby drug offenders are given an opportunity to attend a drug rehabilitation treatment program instead of prison.)

For more on the "Kingpin" statute, or Operating as a Major Trafficker (Penal Law Section 220.77), click here.

A person is guilty of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree when he or she knowingly and unlawfully possesses:

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