When authorities make an arrest they sometimes look to charge the suspects involved with whatever they can, even if they are not related to the reason they initially made the arrest. For example, if someone is arrested for drug possession but the authorities also find materials that could be used to make drugs, the authorities may also charge the suspect with other drug crimes such as drug manufacturing.
This may have been the case in a recent partnership between federal authorities and a district attorney in Tennessee which resulted in six people being indicted on drug charges. The indictments not only include possession of cocaine and a prescription drug, but also for possession of materials to manufacture methamphetamine.
Those indicted could spend up to 20 years in prison if they are convicted. However, if any of the defendants have any prior drug convictions they could end up with even longer sentences.
Drug manufacturing laws exist at both the federal and state level, and often vary according to the type of drugs involved and the amount produced. Generally, such laws make it illegal to grow, produce or even possess specific plants and other elements that are used in making illegal substances, or to produce illegal substances which require the use of certain chemicals and lab equipment to make.
Both drug possession and drug manufacturing are serious offenses which should be taken seriously by anyone who is charged with these crimes. These charges can have serious consequences on a person's life. It is therefore important to understand the charges in order to be able to defend against them.
Source: WWBJ, "Six indicted on drug charges in West Tennessee," April 3, 2013