Being charged with possession of drugs for sale or transportation or drugs for sale can be very scary; after all, if you are convicted of this charge, you stand to face serious consequences that could have a huge impact on the rest of your life. Specifically, possession or drugs for transport or sale is a charge used when you are caught with a large amount of drugs on you that would lead a police officer to believe the amount found was beyond personal use. Finding large amounts of cash could also lead an officer to pursue this charge against you. If you are charged with possession of marijuana for sale or transportation of marijuana for sale the thresholds are defined by A.R.S. § 13-3405.
What Are the Thresholds?
Distinguishing between drugs for personal use and drug possession with the intent to sell can be tricky, which is why there are specific thresholds in place according to Arizona law. If you are found with drugs that exceed the threshold, there is a good chance you will be charged with possession or transportation of drugs for sale.
What exactly are the threshold amounts? These can vary from one drug to the next. For example, the threshold for marijuana is four pounds. If you are found with any more than this amount on you, a police officer will likely assume that you intended to sell/distribute those drugs to others rather than using them for yourself. Other drugs have different thresholds. For example, 9 grams of meth or cocaine is all that is needed to reach the threshold, and one gram of heroin is enough to be caught with this charge.