An imitation drug is commonly called a synthetic drug. The drug used to be manufactured in connection with party or club drugs. Over the years, they’ve been manufactured to mimic drugs like cocaine, LDS, or marijuana. In Arizona, the penalties for synthetic drugs are just as harsh as trafficking, selling, or possessing non-synthetic drugs.
Counterfeit preparation means the drug was manufactured to appear like a certain drug, but it is a completely different drug.
In general, the three categories of counterfeit drugs include:
Possession of a synthetic drug with intent to use is a misdemeanor. The charge applies to any intent to possess and use any synthetic drug that is prescription-only, over-the-counter, or a controlled substance. Possession can be punished with four months in jail and a $750 fine.
Distributing, manufacturing, possessing synthetic drugs with the intent to distribute is a class 6 felony. The prison term is up to one year in prison.
The charge is a class 5 felony in Arizona. The maximum sentence a defendant can face is up to two years in prison.
Yes, it’s a class 6 felony for possessing, distributing and/or synthetic selling prescription drugs. But it is a class 5 felony for anyone convicted of administering or selling the synthetic drugs to a minor.
Yes, talk to a criminal lawyer in Arizona to learn the possible defenses available and how to fight the charge.
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