Drug Trafficking is a Global Business

The crime of drugs trafficking is considered the most serious of all drug offenses.  The punishment for drug trafficking depends on the type and quantity of the controlled substance being trafficked and the circumstances under which the drug is transported.  The penalties for drugs trafficking are enhanced if the drugs are sold to or distributed [...]

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Possession and Distribution of Marijuana are Serious Crimes

Marijuana is the most commonly abused illegal drug in the United States. Marijuana is a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act, classified as having a high potential for abuse. Street names for marijuana include grass, pot, weed, Mary Jane, dope, indo, and hydro. Marijuana possession laws can impose strict penalties under certain [...]

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The Crime of Heroin Possession

What is heroin?
Heroin is a highly additive depressant, processed from morphine, a naturally occurring substance in the seed pod of certain types of poppies.  Heroin can be sniffed/snorted, smoked, or injected, with injection being the most effective method of low-purity heroin abuse.  High-purity heroin lends itself to snorting, but may damage nasal passages and takes [...]

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When are Drug Charges Federal?

In 1970, the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act was passed by the federal government to codify federal drug laws.  The act categorized drugs into five classifications called schedules.   The act also established regulations specific to each of the schedules and the drugs listed therein and assigned penalties for the misuse of the drugs in [...]

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Are Anabolic Steroids Legal?

Since 2004, anabolic steroids have been considered a Schedule III drug, in the same category as Vicodin, barbiturates, and veterinary tranquilizers.  Thus, it is a federal offense to possess anabolic steroids, and an even greater offense to possess them with the intent to sell them.  Anabolic steroids are available under four names of drugs, nandrolone, [...]

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What are Drug Offenses?

Drug offenses are often classified as crimes against morality, but could also be placed in a category with offenses against public order and health because drug crimes can potentially cause physical harm to people and property and can contribute to other crimes as well as economic and social problems. Because of their potential for [...]

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The Crime of Drug Distribution

Drug distribution/transporting laws penalize the selling, transport, and illegal import of unlawful controlled substances into the U.S such as marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, heroin, and “club drugs.” Ownership or sale of these drugs is not necessarily an element of the crime, making intent a factor in the prosecution of distribution/transportation cases.
Transporting of controlled substances [...]

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The World of Illegal Drug Manufacture

The manufacturing of drugs includes such activities as growing marijuana, making crystal meth or crack, making ecstasy pills, cooking cocaine to produce crack cocaine, and making or refining heroin or other narcotics. Mere possession of the chemicals necessary for illegal drug manufacture may lead to an arrest and conviction of the felony of drug manufacturing.
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Drug Possession Laws

Possession is one of the most ambiguous terms encountered in the criminal justice system. Depending on how and when the term is used, it has a variety of possible meanings. To distinguish the many nuances of drug possession laws, the legal system has modified the term by using descriptive words to categorize the various types [...]

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Cocaine Possession and Distribution

One of the oldest known drugs, cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant.  Cocaine is an intensely euphoric drug, with immediate effect after a single dose.  Taken in small amounts, cocaine makes its user feel energetic, talkative, and mentally alert. Short-term physiological effects of cocaine are constricted blood vessels, dilated pupils, increased temperature, increased heart rate, [...]

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