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To prove the defendant is guilty of possessing a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, the prosecution must prove the following:
The prosecution does not need to prove that the defendant knew which specific controlled substance they possessed. The knowledge that an available firearm is loaded and operable is not required either.
Pursuant to Health and Safety Code section 11370.1, possessing a controlled substance while armed with a loaded, operable firearm is a felony resulting in imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years.