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What is the Crime of Possession of Narcotic Drugs?

May 16th, 2008 Comments Off

The crime of Possession of Narcotic Drugs is found in Arizona Revised Statute, section 13-3408. This crime makes it illegal for a person to knowingly:

  • Possess a narcotic drug
  • Possess a narcotic drug for sale.
  • Possess equipment or chemicals, or both, for the purpose of manufacturing a narcotic drug.
  • Manufacture a narcotic drug.
  • Administer a narcotic drug to another person.
  • Obtain or procure the administration of a narcotic drug by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or subterfuge.
  • Transport for sale, import into this state, offer to transport for sale or import into this state, sell, transfer or offer to sell or transfer a narcotic drug.

The potential punishment may vary for each of the sections of the statute. A person who:

  1. Possesses a narcotic drug – is guilty of a class 4 felony;
  2. Possesses a narcotic drug for sale – is guilty of a class 2 felony;
  3. Possess equipment or chemicals, or both, for the purpose of manufacturing a narcotic drug – is guilty of a class 3 felony;
  4. Manufactures a narcotic drug – is guilty of a class 2 felony;
  5. Administers a narcotic drug to another person – is a guilty of a class 2 felony;
  6. Obtains or procures the administration of a narcotic drug by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation or subterfuge – is guilty of a class 3 felony.
  7. Transports for sale, imports into this state, offer to transports for sale or import into this state, sells, transfers or offers to sell or transfers a narcotic drug – guilty of a class 2 felony.

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