Drug Manufacturing

Not all illicit drugs in the United States are smuggled across national borders. Significant quantities are grown or produced domestically in hidden labs, isolated fields and even homes. While many small meth labs and cannabis grow operations are uncovered by local and state authorities and prosecuted under state laws, there are frequent jurisdictional overlaps between federal and state law in this area. While federal authorities can potentially intervene in the investigation and prosecution of any drug manufacturing operation, they generally focus their resources on large, well-organized operations. Therefore, if you are facing federal drug cultivation or manufacturing charges or are under investigation by the DEA or another federal agency, your reputation and freedom are in serious jeopardy. Consulting the experienced federal defense attorneys at Alliant Law Group, LLC at your earliest opportunity can help you protect your rights and avoid prejudicing your case

Federal versus state charges

The federal Controlled Substances Act is broad enough that it gives federal authorities discretionary jurisdiction over most crimes involving illegal drugs. Nevertheless, the majority of such cases are still investigated and prosecuted by state authorities. When federal authorities do decide to intervene, however, the stakes for those under scrutiny are raised significantly:

Penalty for drug manufacturing

  • Up to five years in prison and $5,000 fine for marijuana cultivation
  • Up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 fine for other types of drug manufacturing

Federal penalty for drug manufacturing

  • Up to five years in prison and $250,000 fine for cultivating less than 50 kilograms of marijuana or fewer than 50 plants
  • Up to 20 years in prison and $1 million fine for cultivating in excess of 50 plants or 50 kilograms of marijuana
  • Five to 40 years in prison and up to $2 million fine for cultivating 100 or more marijuana plants, 100 kilograms of marijuana or manufacturing various Schedule I and II drugs
  • Ten years to life in prison and $4 million fine for larger amounts

Other related offenses

In addition to the actual manufacture of illicit substances, the law also makes it a federal crime to engage in ancillary activities:

  • Possessing or distributing certain chemicals when you know or should know they will be used to manufacture illicit substances
  • Setting booby traps on federal property in furtherance of drug cultivation or manufacture
  • Possessing drug paraphernalia
  • Stealing or transporting anhydrous ammonia
  • Smuggling precursor chemicals to methamphetamine

These laws cast a wide net, and legitimate chemical companies, transportation companies and laboratory suppliers are not immune to suspicion and implication in drug manufacturing investigations. Therefore, if you or your company has had contact with the DEA or other federal investigators and you are worried you may be under suspicion, do not delay in contacting an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer.

Complex drug cultivation and manufacturing operations frequently overflow to implicate even those not directly involved. If you or your business has been associated with a meth lab, cannabis cultivation or any other drug manufacturing operation a dedicated defense attorney from Alliant Law Group, LLC can help you effectively deal with DEA investigators and begin building a compelling defense.

Protect yourself from drug manufacturing prosecution

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