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In NSW, the crime of drug manufacturing falls under section 24 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW)

Manufacturing a drug means you have allegedly been caught:

  • preparing,
  • producing,
  • processing,
  • packaging, or
  • labelling, an illegal substance. 
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A charge of manufacturing drugs should be taken seriously. The potential penalty can climb up to life in prison. 

O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors can provide you with specialist advice in relation to drug manufacture as an accredited specialist criminal law firm. 

Prohibited drugs include;

  • cocaine;
  • methylamphetamine (ice, meth);
  • amphetamine;
  • heroin;
  • ecstasy/MDMA;
  • and more. 

What does it mean to have ‘taken part’ in manufacturing drugs?

To have ‘taken part’ in manufacturing drugs, you would be:

  • taking any steps in the process of that manufacture;
  • participating in any steps in the process of that manufacture;
  • causing any steps to be taking in the process of that manufacture;
  • providing or arranging finance for any step in the process of that manufacture;
  • providing the premises, where such steps can take place, where the accused is either the owner, occupier or lessee or is involved in participating in the management of this. 

Is there a difference depending on how much was manufactured?

Yes. The maximum term of imprisonment depends on the type of drug and quantity. The differences are set out below. In this table, quantities are rounded down. For example, 450g of Methylamphetamine falls into the commercial quantity, not large commercial.

QuantityHeroinEcstacyMethlyamphtamineCocaineMaximum Penalty
Small1 gram0.25 grams1 gram1 gram2 years imprisonment and/or a $5,500 fine
Indictable5 grams1.25 grams5 grams5 grams15 years imprisonment and/or $220,000 fine
Commercial250 grams125 grams250 grams250 grams20 years imprisonment and/or $385,000 fine
Large Commercial1 kilogram500 grams500 grams1 kilogramLife imprisonment and/or $550,000 fine

I’ve been charged with an offence under section 24 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW) – what do I do now?

Contact O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors immediately. If you are eligible for legal aid we can assist you in applying for a grant to cover the cost of your proceedings. 

Why choose O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors?

O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors have accredited specialists in criminal law available to assist you on your matter. Our support staff can assist you in applying for a legal aid grant should you be eligible. 

We strongly believe that everyone is entitled to a respectful and strong representation. 

Contact us today for your free initial consultation with one of our criminal defence solicitors. We have offices in Sydney and are able to represent people throughout NSW and Australia.

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Case Study – Charges successfully reduced for drug manufacture

If you have been charged with Drug Manufacture under s24 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act, contact O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors for respectful and dedicated representation.

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