Prescription Drug Trafficking: A.R.S. 13-3406
Trafficking, or otherwise illegally selling or distributing, prescription drugs is unlawful in Arizona. While prescription drugs themselves are legal, it is illegal to possess or use them unless they were obtained through a prescription from a valid provider. This alone is a class 1 misdemeanor and can result in six months of incarceration.
A.R.S. 13-3406 lays out the laws regarding the trafficking of prescription drugs in the state. Regarding this issue, the statute states that a person may not knowingly:
- Transport, import into Arizona, offer to transport, or offer to import into Arizona, transfer, offer to sell, or offer to transfer a prescription-only drug.
- Sell or distribute a misbranded drug.
Selling or distributing a misbranded drug is a class 4 felony, for which a first-time offender can be incarcerated for up to 3.75 years.
The remaining prescription drug trafficking violations are class 6 felonies, for which a first-time offender can be incarcerated for up to 2 years. Additionally, if granted probation, the court can order the defendant to perform at least 240 hours of community restitution.
In all cases, a convicted person will be court-ordered to pay a fine of $1000.
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