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Drug Manufacturing

Florida Statute § 893.02(15)(a) defines manufacture as meaning “the production, preparation, propagation, compounding, cultivating, growing, conversion, or processing of a controlled substance, either directly or indirectly, by extraction from substances of natural origin, or independently by means of chemical synthesis, or by a combination of extraction and chemical synthesis, and includes any packaging of the substance or labeling or relabeling of its container.” A manufacturer is defined as meaning and including “every person who prepares, derives, produces, compounds, or repackages any drug as defined by the Florida Drug and Cosmetic Act.”

Drug manufacturing is a felony offense in Florida that can potentially result in decades in prison. People accused of manufacturing controlled substances usually face other criminal charges such as drug trafficking or possession with intent to sell that further compound the seriousness of the possible sentence.

Drug Manufacturing Lawyer in Broward County, Florida

Do you believe that you may be under investigation or were you arrested for allegedly manufacturing a controlled substance in South Florida? Do not say anything to authorities without legal representation. Contact The Hoffman Firm as soon as possible for help protecting your rights.

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman is a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office who now defends clients accused of drug offenses in Miramar, Margate, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, and many nearby communities. Call (954) 524-4474 today to take advantage of a free, confidential consultation that will let our lawyer review your case and discuss your legal options.


Overview of Drug Manufacturing Crimes in Fort Lauderdale

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Penalties for Drug Manufacturing in Florida

Classification for crimes involving the alleged manufacturing of a controlled substance depend on the type of illegal drug involved as well as the specific amount. It is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $5,000 for an alleged offender to manufacture:

  • Up to 14 grams of amphetamines; or
  • Up to one gram of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD)

It is a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000 for an alleged offender to manufacture:

  • Up to 4 grams of an opiate, such as heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, opium, or codeine;
  • Up to 4 grams of flunitrazepam (Rohypnol or “roofies”);
  • Up to 14 grams of methamphetamine;
  • Up to 28 grams of phencyclidine (PCP or angel dust) ; or
  • Up to 1 kilogram of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB).

If the amount involved in any alleged manufacturing offense exceeds the quantities listed above, then an alleged offender can face the first-degree felony offense of drug trafficking. In such cases, the possible sentences depend on the types of drugs and amounts of drugs involved:

Controlled SubstanceAmountFinePrison Sentence
Amphetamine, methamphetamine, any mixture containing amphetamine or methamphetamine, or phenylacetone, phenylacetic acid, pseudoephedrine, or ephedrine in conjunction with other chemicals and equipment utilized in the manufacture of amphetamine or methamphetamine14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
200 grams or more$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
Cocaine28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
400 grams or more, but less than 150 kilograms$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
150 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
Flunitrazepam or any mixture containing flunitrazepam4 grams or more but less than 14 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
14 grams or more but less than 28 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
28 grams or more but less than 30 kilograms$500,000Minimum of 25 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
30 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
GHB1 kilogram or more but less than 5 kilograms$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
5 kilograms or more but less than 10 kilograms$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
10 kilograms or more$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
Hydrocodone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
28 grams or more, but less than 50 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
50 grams or more, but less than 200 grams$500,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
200 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms$750,000Minimum of 25 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
30 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
LSD1 gram or more, but less than 5 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
5 grams or more, but less than 7 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
7 grams or more$500,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
Methaqualone (Quaalude) or any mixture containing methaqualone200 grams or more, but less than 5 kilograms$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
5 kilograms or more, but less than 25 kilograms$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
25 kilograms or more$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
Morphine, opium, hydromorphone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof, including heroin4 grams or more, but less than 14 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
14 grams or more, but less than 28 grams$100,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
28 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms$500,000Minimum of 25 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
30 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
Oxycodone, or any salt, derivative, isomer, or salt of an isomer thereof7 grams or more, but less than 14 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
14 grams or more, but less than 25 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
25 grams or more, but less than 100 grams$500,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
100 grams or more, but less than 30 kilograms$750,000Minimum of 25 years, maximum of 30 years in prison
30 kilograms or moreLife in prison with ineligibility for any form of discretionary early release
PCP or any mixture containing PCP28 grams or more, but less than 200 grams$50,000Minimum of three years, maximum of 30 years in prison
200 grams or more, but less than 400 grams$100,000Minimum of seven years, maximum of 30 years in prison
400 grams or more$250,000Minimum of 15 years, maximum of 30 years in prison

It is important to note that penalties can also be enhanced if an alleged offender manufactures a controlled substance in, on, or within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising a child care facility or a public or private elementary, middle, or secondary school between the hours of 6 a.m. and 12 midnight, or at any time in, on, or within 1,000 feet of real property comprising a state, county, or municipal park, a community center, or a publicly owned recreational facility.


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Property Owner Liability for Drug Manufacturing in Broward County

A person does not have to directly take part in the process of manufacturing drugs in order to face criminal charges. Under Florida Statute § 893.1351, alleged offenders can also face the following penalties for ownership, lease, rental, or possession of certain types of property used for manufacturing a controlled substance:

  • Third-Degree Felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $5,000 for owning, leasing, or renting any place, structure, or part thereof, trailers, or other conveyances with the knowledge that it will be used for the manufacture of a controlled substance intended for sale or distribution to another;
  • Second-Degree Felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000 for actual or constructive possession of any place, structure, or part thereof, trailer, or other conveyance with the knowledge that it will be used for the manufacture of a controlled substance intended for sale or distribution to another; and
  • First-Degree Felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000 for actual or constructive possession of any place, structure, or part thereof, trailer, or other conveyance with the knowledge that it will be used for the manufacture of a controlled substance intended for sale or distribution to another and knowing or having should have known that a minor was present or resides in the place, structure, trailer, or other conveyance.

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Florida Drug Manufacturing Arrest Resources

Fort Lauderdale Police Department | Special Investigations Division — The Special Investigations Division is comprised of several specialized units, including the Drug Enforcement and Vice Unit and the Major Narcotics Unit. Detective for the Drug Enforcement and Vice Unit work in an undercover capacity and use covert surveillance techniques in their investigations. The Major Narcotics Unit are members of High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) who conduct undercover joint operations in conjunction with several local, state and federal agencies.

Fort Lauderdale Police Department
1300 W. Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312
(954) 828-570

Crime, Arrests, and US Law Enforcement | Drug War Facts — View various statistics of drug arrests in the United States on this website. The figure between 2001 and 2014 clearly indicate that a majority of arrests involve possession rather than sale or manufacture of any controlled substance. The numbers here reflect that this pattern is generally true for virtually all types of illegal drugs.


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The Hoffman Firm | Lawyer for Drug Manufacturing Crimes in Broward County, FL

If you were arrested or think that you could be under investigation in South Florida for allegedly manufacturing a controlled substance, it is in your best interest to make sure you retain legal counsel before making any kind of statement to authorities. The Hoffman Firm will protect your rights and fight to have criminal charges reduced or dismissed.

Evan A. Hoffman is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who represents clients in Plantation, Pompano Beach, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, and surrounding areas of Broward County. He can review your case and help you understand your legal options when you call (954) 524-4474 or fill out an online contact form right now.


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