Drug Manufacture | Factsheet
Drug Manufacture | Factsheet
The legislation controlling drug possession and supply charges is the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW) (‘the Act’)
In NSW, the crime of drug manufacture falls under section 24 of the Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW).
Manufacturing a drug means you have police have allegedly caught you:
- packaging, or
- labelling, an illegal substance.
You should take a charge of manufacturing drugs 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;
- methylamphetamine (ice, meth);
- and more.
What Does It Mean To Have 'Taken Part' In Manufacturing Drugs?
To have ‘taken part’ in manufacturing drugs, you would:
- 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 in the table below. In this table, we round the quantities down. For example, 450g of Methylamphetamine falls into the commercial quantity, not large commercial
Police executed a search warrant at Tim’s address. In this search, they located items they believed were used in the manufacture of prohibited drugs. The drugs were in the form of liquid methylamphetamine.
Tim was charged with three offences:
- Manufacture prohibited drug under s24(2) Drug Misuse and Trafficking Act 1985 (NSW);
- Possess unregistered firearm under s36(1) Firearms Act 1996 (NSW); and
- Knowingly deal with proceeds of crime, contrary to section 193C Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).
The manufacture of prohibited drugs comes with a large potential sentence. The police located an amount of methylamphetamine that falls into the category of a commercial quantity. This would entail a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment and/or a $385,000 fine.
O’Brien Criminal & Civil Solicitors submitted that the offence of manufacture was not made out by the prosecutor.
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