Total Annual Arrests in the US by Offense Type in 2018 Compared With 1973

In 1973, there were 328,670 arrests reported by the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) for drug law violations, out of a total 9,027,700 arrests nationwide for all offenses. Also that year, authorities reported 380,560 arrests for Part One offense violent crimes and 1,448,700 arrests for Part One offense property offenses.
In 2018, there were an estimated 1,654,282 arrests for drug law violations out of an estimated total of 10,310,960 arrests nationwide for all offenses. Also in 2018, the UCR estimated there were 521,103 arrests for Part One violent crimes and 1,167,296 arrests for Part One offense property crimes.

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Important note: According to the UCR, "Violent crimes are offenses of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes are offenses of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson."
Crimes that are not in those categories are reported separately and are not included in the index of violent and property crimes. For example, the UCR reports that in 2018 there were an estimated 1,063,535 arrests in the US for "other assaults."


FBI Uniform Crime Reports 1973 (1973 drug arrest data supplied by the National Criminal Justice Reference Service)
Violent and Property Crime Arrest Datasheet 1970-2003, Bureau of Justice Statistics, accessed Oct. 29, 2012.
"Crime in the United States 2018 - Arrests," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, September 2019), p. 2, Arrest Table: Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations, and Table 29: Estimated Number of Arrests, United States, 2018