While Oklahoma has recently enacted new, more lenient laws regarding simple possession of controlled dangerous substances, other drug crimes such as distribution, trafficking, and endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance, remain serious crimes in Oklahoma. Here is what you need to know about endeavoring or trying to manufacture drugs in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
What Constitutes Manufacture In Stillwater, Oklahoma?
Oklahoma has a complex web of drug statutes which include very clear definitions. To “manufacture” a controlled dangerous substance means any part of the production, preparation, processing, and propagation of a controlled dangerous substance, using either natural or synthetic compounds. This can include things such as growing marijuana (propagation), making meth, and mixing components.
A “manufacturer” includes any person who packages, repackages, or labels any controlled dangerous substance. Thus, if you are the person in the meth lab who weighs and packages the meth, you could be a drug “manufacturer” under Oklahoma law.
A “controlled dangerous substance” means a drug, or substance categorized in Schedules I through V of the Uniform Controlled Dangerous Substances Act of Oklahoma. Okla. Stat. tit. 63 § 2-101
While the definitions are clear, their application is not. Endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance can be a complicated crime. Any person who offers, solicits, attempts, endeavors, or conspires to manufacture illegal drugs can be convicted of a felony in Stillwater. Okla. Stat. tit. 63 § 2-408
This is a broad statute and can apply to a number of different kind of actions in the process. You don’t actually have to manufacture the drug to be found guilty of this crime.
Buying the needed chemicals or growing the marijuana may be enough to be convicted under this statute. Merely getting caught with the chemicals to manufacture may be enough. Okla. Stat. tit. 63 § 2-401
Penalties For Endeavoring To Manufacture A Controlled Dangerous Substance Can Be Harsh
Oklahoma classifies its controlled substances by “schedules” based upon the level of addictive risk and other factors. Okla. Stat. tit. 63 §§ 2-204 et seq.
Thus, the punishments for endeavoring to manufacture controlled dangerous substances are specified according to the “schedules.”
Depending on the substance involved, you could face life in prison in addition to substantial fines. Packaging meth could mean anywhere from seven years to life in prison, even for a first offense.
These are felony offenses and if convicted, your life will be forever altered. Get the help you need from an Stillwater criminal defense attorney who knows not only the law, but also all the quirks of the local judges and courtrooms.
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