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Types of Drug Crimes

Both federal and state laws comprise many types of drug crimes, although state laws largely remain narrower than federal drug laws. Charges at the federal level attract longer sentences, unlike the shorter ones that include probations in state courts. Any case of this nature triggers severe implications as covered by this post.


It refers to any instrument used to prepare, inject, inhale, or hide illegal drugs, and according to the law and the National Drug Intelligence Center, all of that is illegal. Truth be told, drug paraphernalia are illegal because they are not used for their intended purpose. You will be arrested and charged, once you are found to have used it contrary to what it’s intended for.

Some “Drug Paraphernalia” include:


Laws of drug possession vary from one state to another, although it all depends on the amount of drugs involved and the type. However, both laws prohibit possessing illicit controlled substances, most notably heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. And, charges range from possession (small quantities) to possession with an intent of distributing (usually large amounts). Drug possession can also go with the Paraphernalia and attract harsher penalties.

Manufacturing or Delivery

When a person is involved in any stage of the production of illegal substances, he or she will be charged without questions. Both laws identify Delivery of drugs as a crime. With manufacturing illegal substances, prosecutors must prove one is guilty, and the accused will be expected to pay fines and spend time in prison.

And, on matters Cultivation of Marijuana, it’s vital to note some states permit the practice due to the drug’s use in medicinal grounds. To understand more, you might have to go through Findlaw’s article- marijuana legalization and decriminalization.

Drug Trafficking

It’s illegal to import, transport, and sell illegal substances, such as marijuana and cocaine. The practice is treated with more seriousness compared to drug possession. You may find a convict serving a sentence of between three years and a lifetime.

Drug Dealing

This is the art of selling and distributing illegal substances on a smaller magnitude, although the definition varies with states. Drug dealing frequently involves a single individual selling the items to multiple people. And because of that, the general punishment isn’t as harsh as that of dealing and trafficking larger quantities.

Just 50 grams of marijuana is enough to trigger a penalty of $250,000 and five years behind bars, unlike 1,000 kilograms of the same drug that can make one spend a minimum of 10 years in prison.

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