Annual Number of Arrests for Drug Offenses in the US By Type of Offense and Substance Type

2016: The FBI estimated that there were a total of 1,572,579 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2016. The FBI, for the first time in many years, did not provide a breakdown of that figure by offense type or substance.
In an analysis of a subset of the UCR's arrest data, police agencies in the US covering an estimated 2016 population of 250,017,636 people reported a total of 1,186,810 arrests for drug law violations in 2016, of which 1,004,762 (84.7%) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 182,048 (15.3%) were for the sale or manufacturing of a drug. Of the 182,048 sale/manufacture arrests that year, 64,288 (5.42% of total) were for heroin, cocaine, or their derivatives; 49,714 (4.19% of total) were for marijuana; 19,163 (1.61% of total) were for synthetic narcotics; and 48,883 (4.12%) were for other non-narcotic drugs. Of the 1,004,762 arrests for possession that year, 241,806 (20.37% of total) were for heroin, cocaine, or their derivatives; 443,454 (37.37% of total) were for marijuana; 61,183 (5.16% of total) were for synthetic narcotics; and 258,319 (21.77%) were for other non-narcotic drugs.

In 2015, the FBI reports there were a total of 1,488,707 arrests for all drug offenses, of which 239,682 were for sale or manufacture of any drug, and 1,249,025 were for possession of any drug. Of the 239,682 sale/manufacture arrests that year, 81,879 were for heroin, cocaine, and derivatives; 68,480 were for marijuana; 26,797 were for synthetic or manufactured drugs; and 62,526 were for other dangerous non-narcotic drugs. Of the 1,249,025 possession arrests that year, 296,252 were for heroin, cocaine, and derivatives; 574,641 were for marijuana; 75,924 were for synthetic or manufactured drugs; and 300,719 were for other dangerous non-narcotic drugs.

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"Crime in the United States 2016 - Arrests," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept of Justice, September 2017), p. 2; Table 18, Estimated Number of Arrests, United States 2016; Table 21A, Arrests by Race and Ethnicity 2016; and email correspondence between the editor and Stephen G. Fischer Jr., Chief - Multimedia Productions, FBI - CJIS Division.
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