Drug manufacturing refers to the creation of controlled substances using chemicals, heat and sometimes laboratory equipment. Methamphetamine (meth), LSD, cocaine and ecstasy are some of the illegal drugs that are manufactured in Florida. The high-tech and dangerous drug manufacturing process can appear to be easy due to common and easy-to-access ingredients – resulting in accidents and fires. Methamphetamine manufacturing can be particularly dangerous due to the highly flammable and toxic chemicals involved.
As with other drug charges, sentencing for drug manufacturing will depend upon the amount of drug found as well as the type. Possible sentences include:
- State prison sentence (ranging from 5 to 30 years in state prison)
- Drug rehabilitation / counseling
- Registration as a narcotics offender
Cultivation vs. Manufacturing
In one sense cultivation and manufacturing are the same thing. They involve producing any type of illegal substance. How those substances are produced is where they differ. How those substances are produced is where they differ. Various forms of illegal drugs may be grown (such as marijuana), while others (such as methamphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy) can be manufactured in a lab.
If you, a loved one or friend has been charged with a drug crime in Florida, contact the experienced drug crime defense attorneys of Kopelousos, Bradley & Garrison, P.A. at 904.269.1111 for a free consultation. It is essential that you have that attorney with you during any interrogation and throughout each step of the legal process. We’re ready to discuss the facts of your particular situation and begin building your defense.