Narcotic Drug Crimes in Arizona: A.R.S. 13-3408

Narcotic drug crimes are taken seriously.

Narcotic Drug Crimes in Arizona

In Arizona, narcotic drug offenses are classified as felonies. Narcotics are a broad class of drug, including opium derivatives such as heroin, fentanyl, and morphine, cannabis products such as “wax” or “hash,” and various prescription drugs like hydrocodone, OxyContin, and Percocet. The Drug Enforcement Agency provides an overview of narcotics here.

For a full list of the drugs classified as narcotics, you can refer to A.R.S. 13-3401.

Per A.R.S. 13-3408, the possession, use, administration, acquisition, sale, manufacture, and/or transportation of narcotic drugs are all felony crimes.

Felony Class By Narcotic Drug Crime

Possession or use of a narcotic drug – class 4 felony

Possession of a narcotic drug for sale – class 2 felony

Possession of equipment or chemicals for the manufacturing of a narcotic drug – class 3 felony

Manufacturing of a narcotic drug – class 2 felony

Administration of a narcotic drug to another person – class 2 felony

Obtaining the administration of a narcotic drug by fraud or deceit – class 3 felony

Transportation or importation of a narcotic drug for sale (Trafficking) – class 2 felony

Offering to sell or transport a narcotic drug for sale (Trafficking) – class 2 felony

Prison Ranges for Narcotic Drug Crimes

Prison sentences for crimes involving narcotic drugs vary widely depending on the severity of the crime and whether or not a person is a first-time offender or has prior felony convictions. The lower the felony class, the higher the prison sentence will be.

A class 4 felony can range from 1-15 years in prison.

A class 3 felony can range from 2 to 25 years in prison.

A class 2 felony can range from 2 to 35 years prison.


As the consequences of narcotic drug crimes can be quite severe, it is important to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.



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