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Indiana Drug Manufacturing Laws

The crime of drug manufacturing is a serious felony offense in Indiana - far greater than mere drug possession. In Indiana, a drug manufacturer is essentially being accused by the Indiana district attorney of the actual manufacture and production of a controlled substance, while distribution or trafficking charges are more concerned with the movement or delivery of a controlled substance. It's important to note that, for the most part, Indiana addresses manufacturing and delivery of drugs in the same statutes.

When we are referring to "manufacturing," it can mean a number of things. Perhaps you've found a method of "cooking up" methamphetamine at home and want to try it for personal use. Maybe you decided to cultivate your own, personal marijuana grow house. Or perchance you're running a serious drug business and making "meth" in a sophisticated laboratory. Whatever the vehicle or reason for production, it's always illegal to manufacture controlled substances in Indiana. In fact, this crime may also be charged under federal law, depending on the nature of the offense.

Indiana Drug Manufacturing Laws: Overview

When you have a question about the laws, it's always a good idea to go to the source, which is the text of the actual statute. However, this won't always provide a straightforward answer since statutes are almost always written in legal language that can take time to understand. For this reason, reading an overview of the law in plain English can also be helpful in getting an answer to your legal question. In the chart below, you can find both an overview of drug manufacturing laws in Indiana as well as links to relevant statutes.


Indiana Code, Title 35, Article 48, Chapter 4:

General Charges for Drug Manufacturing

The charges for drug manufacturing will depended on the type of controlled substance that's being manufactured as well as other factors, such the amount involved. Drug manufacturing is generally* charged as follows:

  • Cocaine, or Schedule I or II Narcotic Drug: Level 5 felony
  • Methamphetamine: Level 4 felony
  • Schedule I, II, or III Controlled Substance: Level 6 felony
  • Schedule IV Controlled Substance: Class A misdemeanor
  • Schedule V Controlled Substance: Class B misdemeanor
  • Marijuana and Related Drugs: Class A misdemeanor

*There are a variety of circumstances that can elevate the charges for manufacturing the drugs listed above. Please see the statutes for details.


Class B misdemeanor: up to 180 days of imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000

Class A misdemeanor: up to one year of imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.

Level 6 felony: six months to three years of imprisonment.

Level 5 felony: one to six years of imprisonment.

Level 4 felony: two to 12 years of imprisonment.

Level 3 felony: three to 16 years of imprisonment.

Level 2 felony: 10 to 30 years of imprisonment.

Note: A felony conviction can also result in a fine of up to $10,000.

Related Statute(s)

Indiana Code, Title 35, Article 48, Chapter 4:

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.

Indiana Drug Manufacturing Laws: Related Resources

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Drug manufacturing isn't as glamorous as you may have seen on popular shows like "Breaking Bad." While your case might not rise to the notorious Walter White-type levels, it should still be taken seriously nonetheless. Learn about possible defenses and more from an experienced drug crime lawyer in Indiana today.

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