What Does It Mean To Manufacture Or Cultivate Illegal Drugs?
Manufacturing basically refers to producing a finished consumable product from raw materials. In the U.S. this generally involves methamphetamine. Less common in the U.S. is where narcotics are produced from either poppies or coca plants, and cultivation obviously applies to a sort of plant that grows, such as marijuana and mushrooms.
What Illegal Drugs Are Most Often Manufactured?
In the U.S. the most common drug that is manufactured from raw materials is methamphetamine or meth. This is because the ingredients are readily available. Most narcotics, such as heroin and cocaine, are generally produced in Mexico or overseas.
Who Can Be Charged In A Manufacturing Of Illegal Drugs Case?
Theoretically, everyone can be charged, from the person cooking the drugs to the supplier of the materials to the wholesaler/dealer purchasing the drugs from the producer and, of course, the end user. They can all be charged.
What Elements Does The Prosecution Have To Prove In A Manufacturing Of Illegal Drugs Case?
A person can be charged with manufacturing even if they are not actually caught in the act of cooking or manufacturing the product. The government can prove their case by showing that someone possessed all or some of the fundamental materials necessary to produce the end product. Another factor might be if the person has the equipment that’s typically used to cook or manufacture drugs.
What Are Some Mitigating Factors For Sentencing In A Manufacturing Of Illegal Drugs Case?
Mitigation in these cases is going to be on a case-by-case basis, but a person who is charged with manufacturing or cultivation is facing very serious charges and should be in contact with a lawyer quickly because it’s going to be difficult to produce a lot of mitigating circumstances. Even though it is challenging, I have produced excellent results for my clients with similar situations.
What Are The Minimum Sentencing Laws For The Manufacture Or Cultivation Of Illegal Drugs?
In federal criminal court all of the sentencing laws are governed by federal sentencing guidelines. So a variety of factors would go into the range of penalties. However, there are mandatory minimums when it comes to manufacturing and cultivation, which could be 10, 15 or 20 years.
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