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What are the common types of drug charges in Pennsylvania?

On Behalf of | Apr 21, 2024 | Drug Charges

Drug-related charges in Pennsylvania are taken very seriously and can have life-long consequences. These charges encompass various offenses related to controlled substances, both under federal laws such as the Controlled Substances Act and state statutes like the Pennsylvania Controlled Substances, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act.

Once arrested, you can get charged for any of several drug-related offenses. These include the following.

Drug manufacturing

This offense includes operating clandestine laboratories for the production of drugs, participating in the chemical synthesis of controlled substances and growing or cultivating illicit plants. Additionally, the unauthorized manufacturing of prescription drugs or the creation of counterfeit substances can also result in drug manufacturing charges. Penalties for drug manufacturing can vary depending on factors such as the quantity and type of drugs involved, whether minors were present or endangered during the manufacturing process and whether the manufacturing operation was part of a larger criminal enterprise.

Drug paraphernalia

Drug paraphernalia charges involve the possession, sale or distribution of items used for the consumption, production or concealment of controlled substances. This can include equipment such as pipes, bongs, syringes, scales and other tools commonly associated with drug use. Possession of drug paraphernalia can result in charges even if no actual drugs are found, as these items are often indicative of drug-related activities.


If you are caught with illicit drugs in your possession in Pennsylvania, you can face possession charges. Possession can refer to having controlled substances on your person, in your vehicle or within your control, such as in your home or belongings. The severity of possession charges typically depends on factors such as the type and quantity of drugs involved, any prior criminal record and whether there is evidence to suggest intent to distribute

If you are charged with any drug-related offense, legal counsel can provide essential guidance and representation throughout the legal process.