While some drug offenses can be misdemeanors (Simple Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, etc.), most are Felony charges.
Any case involving Cocaine, Crack or Heroin is automatically a Felony.
Simple possession of these substances is considered a Class I Felony, the lowest level. In terms of seriousness, the charges increase to Possession With the Intent to Sell or Deliver (PWISD), Sale of a controlled substance, and finally, Trafficking.
Trafficking of Cocaine, Heroin, Ecstasy, and Marijuana are very serious charges. The punishment of Trafficking offenses is extremely rigid and always requires an active prison sentence if convicted. Many Trafficking cases end up being resolved with a Jury Trial.
It is also important to note that any conviction of a drug offense has serious additional consequences. Those can include: loss of student loans, eviction from an apartment, or termination from employment.
If you are charged with any drug offense, it is a SERIOUS matter. Do not try to handle the case on your own. You will benefit from consulting with and retaining an Attorney that is familiar with all of the issues involved in drug cases and will fight for you.