Types of Drug Crimes in Virginia
In Virginia, there are three major types of drug crimes, including:
Drug possession: This crime involves willfully possessing controlled substances that the
federal and state government have made illegal, such as LSD, cocaine,
marijuana, and heroin. It is also a criminal offense to possess the chemicals
that are used to cultivate and manufacture these illegal drugs. Drug possession
charges vary based on the type and amount of drug.
Drug sale or distribution: Federal and state laws forbid the transfer, exchange, selling, importing,
and exporting of illegal drugs. Drug distribution charges are generally
imposed on those who have substantial amounts of drugs within their possession,
as well as any equipment or properties that would aid in the selling or
distributing of unlawful controlled substances.
Drug manufacturing: The manufacturing of any controlled substance must be conducted only by
those who have the proper state and federal licenses. Unlicensed individuals
may be charged with drug manufacturing when they take part in any stage
of the production process. This includes growing, mixing, packing, repacking,
labeling, or relabeling illegal controlled substances.
Drug Crime Penalties
The penalties for a drug offense depend on the type of crime (as discussed
above), the amount of the drug involved, and the schedule of the drug.
The Virginia government has divided controlled substances into six schedules
Schedule I drugs are considered to have the highest risk for abuse and
addiction and therefore receive the highest penalties. Conversely, Schedule
VI drugs are viewed as the least serious types of illegal drugs and require
less severe sentencing.
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