Penalties for trafficking in methamphetamines would increase to equal those for crack cocaine under a bill passed by the House.

The measure, approved by voice vote Tuesday, would increase penalties for manufacturing, trafficking, importing or possessing methamphetamines by cutting in half the amount of the drug required to trigger a mandatory minimum sentence.It would require a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence for 50 grams of speed and a five-year minimum for five grams.