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How Drug Possession is Different from Other Drug Offenses in Arizona

Last updated 6 years ago

Arizona’s drug statutes are full of harsh penalties, regardless of the conviction. Learn more about the differences between possession and other drug offenses to know the consequences you could face.

 Possession: If a person is found by authorities with marijuana or narcotics on his or her person or vehicle, then a possession charge is likely. The penalties of marijuana possession range based on both amount and location. Possession of less than two lbs can incur an incarceration of six months minimum with fees from at least $750. Those found in possession of four pounds or more or near a school face felony charges and over a year in prison. 

Possession for Sale: When drugs are seized, the volume is used to determine intent to sell. If a person is found with enough marijuana or narcotics to demonstrate intent to sell, then a much harsher sentence and fines are likely. Possession of marijuana for sale carries a sentence of up to ten years and fines up to $150,000. Carrying up to two lbs during delivery adds similar fines and jail time up to seven years.

Drug Trafficking: Sale of Schedule 1 and 2 drugs qualifies for mandatory imprisonment and serious fines. Commonly trafficked drugs classified as Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 include heroin, PCP, LSD, and cocaine. Sale and trafficking of more expensive drugs carries much greater fines and penalties. For example, those found in the possession or sale of 500 grams to 5 kilograms of cocaine are confronted by up to five years in prison and a possible million dollars in fines.

When you’ve been charged with a drug-related crime, you’ll need aggressive defense on your side. Make sure you’re well represented by a criminal defense team experienced with drug charges—call Blumberg & Associates at (602) 277-6180.


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