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Arizona Drug Distribution Laws

In Arizona, drug distribution or drug trafficking is also known as the possession of drugs for sale or for the transporation for sale. Usually, if someone possesses a quantity of drugs that meets a threshold amount, it is assumed that they have the intent to sell them. Example threshold amounts for common drugs in Arizona include:

  • 2 (two) pounds of marijuana
  • 9 (nine) grams of methamphetamine
  • 8 (nine) powdered grams of cocaine or three quarter (3/4) gram (750 mg) of cocaine in rock (crack) form
  • 1 (one) gram of heroin
  • 1/2 (a half) millimeter of LSD

If someone does not have a threshold amount of drugs, then other factors can lead to a drug distribution conviction. These factors include whether the drugs were stored or hidden away, if the person who possessed the drugs also had a lot of money on hand, or if the person who possessed the drugs also had equipment that could be used to sell drugs, such as containers, scales, baggies, measuring equipment and so on.

Arizona Drug Distribution Laws at a Glance

The penalties associated with drug distribution in Arizona are laid out in the table below.

Crime / Penalties

Code Section

Drug Distribution or Drug Trafficking

If a person knowingly:

  • Transports for sale...
  • Imports into Arizona...
  • Offers to trasport for sale or import into Arizona...
  • Sells, transfers, or offers to sell or transfer..

A dangerous drug, then they are guilty of the following:

  • Class 2 felony
  • Punishable by a minimum sentence of 2 years, a maximum sentence of 12.5 years
  • Maximum fine of $1000 plus surcharges

Arizona Revised Statutes § 13-3407

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

Potential Defense to Drug Distribution

One potential defense to drug distribution is if the drug being distributed is an exempted drug. In such cases, the person charged with the crime may face a lesser offense (such as a misdemeanor charge). Depending on the circumstances of your case, other defenses may be available to you. Speak with a criminal defense attorney to learn more.

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Get Legal Help with Your Drug Distribution Case in Arizona

As you can see, the crime of drug distribution in Arizona can carry very serious criminal penalties. As a result, it's important to seek out an experienced drug crime attorney in Arizona if you're facing a drug distribution charge.

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