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Why is fentanyl illegal in Arizona?

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2023 | Criminal Defense

Fentanyl has been in the news recently; however, many people do not fully understand what it is, why it is illegal or the potential consequences of having it.

Fentanyl is classified as a narcotic. It is a synthetic opioid made in a lab and a Schedule II controlled substance. While it does have a medical use, it also has a high possibility of abuse. If you are caught with even a small amount of fentanyl, you can face drug trafficking or distribution charges, even if other drugs in the same amount would only result in possession charges. Understanding why this is the case can help you better understand your rights in these situations.

Fentanyl is strong and potent

Fentanyl is stronger than heroin and morphine. Because it is so potent, even small amounts can result in an overdose.

Having other drugs may result in fentanyl-related charges

Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is more likely to result in overdoses than pharmaceutical fentanyl. One reason for this is that it is used for cutting other drugs.

You may not even realize you have this substance since detecting it is only possible with specialized testing strips. If you are caught with another drug and the authorities test it for fentanyl, you may face more serious penalties if it is found. This is true even if you were unaware that fentanyl was in the drug.

Protecting your rights when found with fentanyl

As you can see, being caught with fentanyl is serious, and the authorities take these crimes seriously. Because of the penalties you may face, it is best to learn your legal rights and how to protect them.