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Manufacturing Drugs / Narcotics / Controlled Substances

July 21, 2016

It comes as no surprise that the state of New York and the federal government have outlawed the chemical manufacture of many synthetic drugs. Such laws have made it illegal not only to possess these drugs but also to manufacture and sell them. What do we mean by the manufacture of illicit drugs? For purposes of this article, illegal drugs include narcotics such as cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin or lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Moreover, for purposes of this discussion, manufacture does include synthesizing, preparing, producing or even repackaging a controlled substance.

Most applicable laws are particularly severe with regard to the chemical manufacture of these narcotics due to the dangerous nature of the manufacturing process and the destructive effect these drugs have on communities. Because of the harsh nature of many of the drug manufacture laws, it is particularly important to secure legal representation to protect your interests if you or someone you know is charge with such a crime.


Because there are too many illegal narcotics to cover in the context of this article, an excellent example of a chemically manufactured synthetic drug is the most popular such drug used in the U.S.: methamphetamine. Widely known as “crystal meth,” this is one of the most often used synthetic drugs in the United States. Crystal meth, which is one of the most psychologically addictive drugs, happens to be one of the drugs most likely to be abused. Due to the disastrous consequences associated with crystal meth use, law enforcement, both on the state and federal level, have placed a high priority on hunting down those who manufacture it. Those who are charged with any methamphetamine crime can expect aggressive prosecution and very severe penalties.

Regarding the chemical manufacture of crystal meth, the New York state laws provide for severe penalties for its manufacture. Pursuant to New York State Penal Code § 220.73, the crime of manufacturing methamphetamine constitutes a class B felony for a first degree offense and is punishable by up to 25 years in prison and a fine of $30,000. The crime may also be charged as a class C or class D felony with slightly less severe incarceration and fine possibilities.


The manufacture of drugs can involve a wide array of equipment, chemicals and procedures. For this reason, an individual can be charged with possessing drug paraphernalia even in the absence of any drugs at the arrest scene. This paraphernalia could include any item that would conceivably be used to make, prepare ingredients, measure substances, package or dispense drugs. This equipment could include things like laboratory equipment, scales, capsules or other items. New York State Penal Code § 220.50 states that possession of such equipment constitutes a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail.

Hiring a Lawyer

Because the potential outcomes of drug manufacturing charges are very harsh, it is absolutely crucial to secure legal representation as soon as possible once an arrest has been made. The actual outcome of any case will largely depend on the facts underlying the charge, the arrest procedure, the criminal history of the defendant and possibly the amount and nature of the drugs involved. Retaining competent legal counsel to assist the defendant through the legal process will certainly help to guarantee the best possible conclusion to the case. Good results come through thorough investigation of the charge, extensive negotiations with prosecuting attorneys and skilled work in court, should the matter go to trial.



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