Arrests for Drug Offenses in the US in 2019, By Type of Offense and Substance Type

In 2019, the FBI reports there were a total of 1,558,862 arrests for all drug offenses, of which 207,329 were for sale or manufacture of any drug, and 1,351,533 were for possession of any drug.

• Of the 207,329 sale/manufacture arrests in 2019, 65,472 were for heroin, cocaine, and derivatives; 45,207 were for marijuana; 26,500 were for synthetic or manufactured drugs; and 68,590 were for other dangerous nonnarcotic drugs.

• Of the 1,351,533 possession arrests that year, 305,537 were for heroin, cocaine, and derivatives; 500,395 were for marijuana; 62,354 were for synthetic or manufactured drugs; and 483,247 were for other dangerous nonnarcotic drugs.

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Click here to open table displaying Total Annual Arrests in the US by Year and Type of Offense, 1996-2019.

Source: 

"Crime in the United States 2019 - Arrests," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, September 2020), p. 2, and Arrest Table: Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations.
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