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Health and Safety Code 11379: Sale or Transportation of Methamphetamine Laws in California

H&S 11379: Sale or Transportation of Methamphetamine

Legal Definition: “every person who transports, imports into this state, sells, furnishes, administers, or gives away, or offers to transport, import into this state, sell, furnish, administer, or give away, or attempts to import into this state or transport any controlled substance…”

To be found guilty under HS 11379 the prosecution must prove:

1. You sold/furnished/administered/gave away/transported for sale/imported into California a controlled substance;

2. You knew of its presence;

3. You knew of the substance’s nature or character as a controlled substance


4. The controlled substance was in a usable amount.

What does this mean?

Selling under this section means exchanging the methamphetamine for money, services, or anything of value. A usable amount is a quantity that is enough to be used by someone as a controlled substance. Useless traces or debris are not usable amounts. On the other hand, a usable amount does not have to be enough, in either amount or strength, to affect the user. A person transports something if he or she carries or moves it from one location to another for sale, even if the distance is short. Common examples of a violation under this second would be someone offering to sell another methamphetamine for money or some other services. Another example would be a person agreeing to bring the controlled substance from one house to another, even if you are only delivering, you can still be found guilty under this section.

There must be either knowledge here that you were selling methamphetamine or an otherwise controlled substance. If you believe that the drug you are selling or transporting is Tylenol, then you cannot possibly be convicted if it is later found out to be methamphetamine. A person does not have to actually hold or touch something to sell/furnish/administer/transport it for sale/import/give it away. It is enough if the person has to control it/the right to control it, either personally or through another person. The controlled substance must be moved “from one location to another,” but the movement may be minimal or small. You can even be busted for transportation if you do so on a bike.

You are also not eligible for a Drug Program under PC 1000 to get the charges dismissed. Even if you do not actually go forward with doing the act, simply offering to do so can also be a violation under this section.


A charge under HS 11379 is a felony offense. If you are convicted of this charge you could be sentenced to upwards of two, three, or four years in State Prison. You would be required to serve at least 50% of that time in custody. You could also be subject to a fine up to $10,000 for this charge. In addition, as a convicted felon you would never be able to own or possess a firearm for life. And if sentenced to State Prison, you would never be able to Expunge or Reduce your felony charge for life.

If you end up selling methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a drug treatment center, a detox facility, or a homeless shelter, you face an additional one year in Custody added to your possible sentence. If the total amount that you transported or sold is over one kilo of methamphetamine, you can face an additional three years in Custody for this charge. Finally, if you use a minor to assist in the sale or transportation of methamphetamine, your sentence could jump to upwards of three, six, or nine additional years in State Prison.

This is not a strike offense under the California Three Strikes law, and it is not a Sex Offense under PC 290. You could also face a suspension or loss of your Professional License if convicted, and if you are not a legal resident, you would face Deportation in Immigration Court since the offense is deportable, in that it is a crime involving drug trafficking or sales.

Common Defenses

  1. Statute of Limitations
  2. Violation of Rights
  3. Insufficient Evidence
  4. Entrapment
  5. Coerced Confessions

Entrapment occurs when police, or their agents, encourage or promote the crime by way of their overbearing conduct. For example, if an undercover police officer entices a defendant to commit prostitution by repeat and insistent requests, or appeals to the sympathy or friendship of the defendant, and the defendant thereafter commits the crime as a result of the overbearing conduct, the police officer may have entrapped the defendant to commit the crime. Therefore, if police, through their own overbearing conduct, convince you to sell or transport methamphetamine for them, something you otherwise would not have done, then you have a viable defense of Entrapment.

You can also fight this charge by showing that the elements of the crime are not met, and therefore there is insufficient evidence to prove you guilty of the crime. If for example, you simply intended to possess or have methamphetamine, and it happened to be a higher quantity, it still must be proved that you intended to sell that or transport it to be found guilty here. If you possess a large amount of the controlled substance, then that tends to lead prosecutors to believe you intend to sell it to others, but that isn’t always the case. If you intended to keep and use the methamphetamine for yourself, then you would only be dealing with a charge of HS 11377, for simple possession.

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Facing charges under HS 11379 for selling or transporting methamphetamine carries severe legal and personal consequences that can reshape your future. A conviction not only risks a substantial period of incarceration, with sentences up to 9 years depending on the specifics of your case, but also imposes lasting restrictions on your life. These include the inability to own firearms, significant challenges in expunging or reducing felony charges, and enduring impacts on educational, employment, and housing opportunities.

Moreover, drug convictions can severely hinder the process of obtaining professional licenses, affecting your career trajectory long after the offense. Given the stakes, securing experienced and effective legal representation is crucial to navigate these charges and fight for your future.

At Inland Empire Defense, our Ontario-based HS 11379 attorney specializes in defending against drug crime charges, with a successful track record of defending hundreds of individuals accused under HS 11379. Our approach is focused on protecting your rights and securing the best possible outcome for your case.

Why Inland Empire Defense for Your HS 11379 Case?

  • Specialized Drug Crime Defense: Our attorney’s focused expertise in drug-related offenses under HS 11379 ensures a defense strategy informed by deep legal knowledge and experience.
  • Proven Track Record: We have a history of successfully defending clients against serious drug charges, demonstrating our ability to challenge the prosecution’s case and mitigate the consequences for our clients.
  • Comprehensive Legal Support: Understanding the complexity of drug charges and the profound effects they can have on your life, we provide comprehensive support and advocacy throughout the legal process.

Defend Your Future with Inland Empire Defense

The implications of a charge under HS 11379 underscore the need for immediate, informed, and strategic legal action. Inland Empire Defense, located in Ontario, CA, is prepared to offer the specialized legal support necessary to effectively confront these allegations.

Contact Inland Empire Defense Today

If you’re facing charges for selling or transporting methamphetamine under HS 11379, don’t navigate this challenging legal landscape alone. Contact Inland Empire Defense at 909-939-7126 to secure a defense team that is deeply committed to defending your rights and advocating for your future. Our Ontario-based team is ready to provide you with the expert legal counsel and support needed to navigate through this pivotal period.

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