Coming into direct conflict with the law over drug manufacturing charges is never a happy occasion. Unlike in many other circumstances, you are now not only directly dealing with local law enforcement but also with federal laws as well. The fact that manufacturing a controlled substance is strictly forbidden unless licensed by the government means that having this type of charge filed against you carries with it very heavy penalties.
Whether the charges levied against you can be classified as federal or state, it is clear that drug manufacturing charges are strictly prohibited unless the plaintiff has acquired the proper licenses to do so. These types of violations will be encountered more often when a person has been discovered growing marijuana or making methamphetamine, but they can apply in any situation where a controlled substance is involved.
If you’re charged with such an offense it will mean that you have an uphill legal battle ahead of you and in order to defend yourself you’ll need to have a complete understanding of what a manufacturing charge entails. According to The Criminal Defense Lawyer,
“Drug manufacturing occurs whenever a person participates in any part of the process involved in creating an illegal drug. Manufacturing activities can include mixing together chemicals in preparation for creating LSD, “cooking” or producing methamphetamine, as well as growing marijuana plants.”
This means that even those who are not principal participants in the process can be convicted of manufacturing. Here are a few examples:
Distributing controlled substances involves those who supply chemicals, chemical mixtures, components, or any materials that may be used to make illegal drugs. An example of this is found in the production of the drug methamphetamine, or meth, which requires the use of very specific chemical compounds. Any person caught supplying any part of the chemical process to someone to make meth can be charged with drug manufacturing.
It is not necessary for anyone to actually be involved with making the drug himself but merely participating in the act of providing the materials is sufficient enough to be charged with the crime.
To be charged with cultivation of certain plants that produce controlled substances can also occur if an individual has been found growing anything that can be used in the manufacture of drugs. Plants that fall into this category include marijuana, psychedelic mushrooms, or any other similarly used plants used as a drug or to make a controlled substance.
- March 18th, 2014 – A Groton man was arrested and charged for allegedly making meth at a residence in Tompkins County. 27-year-old Jason Harvey was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second degree and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree.
- March 24th, 2014 – Ryan Peterson was charged with the manufacture of THC, maintaining a drug trafficking place, possession of drug paraphernalia and conspiracy to commit/deliver designer drugs.
- March 23rd, 2014 – Two people faced meth-related drug charges after police arrested them for a traffic stop in Peru, Indiana. One of the arresting officers said he smelled a chemical odor consistent with methamphetamine manufacturing and after a search of the vehicle found methamphetamine and chemicals associated with its production.
- March 24th, 2014 – Wilmette police filed charges against Anthony Sobelle in Skokie with marijuana possession and possession with intent to deliver 580 grams of marijuana, which is more than 1.25 pounds of the drug.
- March 22nd, 2014 – The parents of an infant who died and whose mobile home went up in flames have been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine. Allen Richardson and Tabbath Osnie have both been charged with trafficking of methamphetamine after investigators examining the fire scene found evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing inside the home.
- March 21st, 2014 – Dr. Bruce Purmell, a Summit Township dentist in Jackson, Mississippi is charged with four counts of felony drug offense for writing narcotics prescriptions for people. The charges include manufacturing, delivering or possessing with the intent to deliver or manufacture less than 50 grams of a controlled substance.
- March 4th, 2014 – Fifteen people in or near Cortland County were arrested on charges in connection with Pseudoephedrine, the prescription drug used as the main ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamines.
- February 28, 2014 – Darius Ghahary was charged with strict liability for a drug-induced death and manslaughter in connection with the death of Daniel Lajterman who was found dead at his family’s home Sunday from an apparent heroin overdose. He had previously purchased various drugs from Ghahary, including a substance believed to be heroin but was instead a “poly-drug substance” Ghahary had mixed himself. The mix may have contained fentanyl, a synthetic opiate painkiller 80 times more potent than morphine.
- January 29th, 2014 – A Weirton, Ohio man was arrested on drug manufacturing and distribution charges where two pounds of marijuana-packing material, psilocybin mushrooms and marijuana growing equipment were found. James Noel was charged with two counts of manufacturing marijuana and one count of intent to deliver.
- September 13th, 2013 – Two men faced charges after a raid on their home turned up what was originally thought to be bomb making materials. It was later discovered that the items were being used to make psilocybin, or synthetic mushrooms. Both Seid Michael Mostafavi and Seyed Jafar Ahmad Mostafavi were charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, possession with intent to sell and deliver psilocybin, manufacturing psilocybin, manufacturing marijuana, and conspiracy to manufacture controlled substances.
Possession Is Enough
The fact is that one can be convicted of drug manufacturing even if he is not actually involved in making the controlled substance. Simply being found with the components, equipment or other devices required for the process can be sufficient for a person to be charged and subsequently found guilty.
The penalties for manufacturing illegal substances can be very significant. As explained by Criminal Attorneys USA,
“Those convicted of this crime face prison sentences several decades long and sometimes can receive a life sentence. Other factors such as the size of the operation and the kind of drugs produced can influence what the final sentence will be.”
These charges are extremely serious and can ruin your life entirely if found guilty. If you or someone you know has been charged with these types of offenses it is advisable that you speak to a criminal defense attorney as soon as you’ve been charged.