Arrests for Drug Offenses in the US in 2018, By Type of Offense and Substance Type

In 2018, the FBI reports there were a total of 1,654,282 arrests for all drug offenses, of which 224,982 were for sale or manufacture of any drug, and 1,429,300 were for possession of any drug.

• Of the 224,982 sale/manufacture arrests in 2018, 72,788 were for heroin, cocaine, and derivatives; 54,591 were for marijuana; 29,777 were for synthetic or manufactured drugs; and 66,171 were for other dangerous nonnarcotic drugs.

• Of the 1,429,300 possession arrests that year, 334,165 were for heroin, cocaine, and derivatives; 608,776 were for marijuana; 77,134 were for synthetic or manufactured drugs; and 413,571 were for other dangerous nonnarcotic drugs.

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"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.
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