Illegal Drug Manufacturing in Michigan: Crimes, Penalties & Defense

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Are you or is a loved one facing charges for illegal drug manufacturing in Michigan?

First, let’s take a look at the case about two Massachusetts men who are facing trial in Michigan for 11 murder charges. What did Barry Calden and Glenn Chin, who manufactured legal steroids, do to be facing possible life in prison?

They are already serving federal sentences for racketeering and mail fraud related to their crime. 

Calden and Chinn, both pharmacists, manufactured and sold high-contamination risk drugs that were contaminated with meningitis-causing mold.

When their facility repeatedly tested positive for mold, they falsified their safety records and continued manufacturing.

Then, there was a meningitis outbreak in 2012 that caused 753 infections and killed 64 people. As a result, the men are on trial for unsafely manufacturing legal drugs.

Imagine what could happen to you if you get caught manufacturing illegal drugs.

Illegal Drug Cultivation and Manufacturing

Michigan’s harshest drug penalties are saved for people who possess a large amount of a schedule one or two drugs, such as but not limited to:

  • LSD
  • Ecstasy
  • Morphine
  • Methamphetamines
  • Opium
  • Cocaine

Drug cultivation means investigators are trying to prove you created, delivered, or possessed with the intention of manufacturing, holding, or distributing these drugs. As you can see, this definition covers a broad range of activities. 

In another case, Jackson-area brothers Christopher MacIntyre and Lawrence Moss were stopped on I-94 for improper lane use. As they spoke to a Michigan State Trooper, MacIntyre admitted to having a large amount of drugs in his lap and more in the back of the car.

Police seized 45 grams of heroin. MacIntyre pleaded guilty to four counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance and one count of felony racketeering. 

Penalties for Illegal Drug Manufacture in Michigan

If you, like Christopher MacIntyre, are caught in possession of a large amount of illicit drugs, it’s very likely police will try to pin a manufacturing charge on you.

In this case, the police had already been investigating the brothers and had attempted to buy drugs from the undercover.

Your sentence will be based on the amount of illegal drugs police can prove you have:

  • Less than 50 grams – Up to 20 years in prison and a $25,000 fine
  • Between 50 and 450 grams – Up to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000
  • Between 450 and 1,000 grams (1kg) – Up to 30 years in prison and a fine up to $500,000.
  • Over 1kg – Up to life in prison and fines up to $1,000,000.
  • There are other drugs which are classified as schedule one, two or three and are exempt from these steep penalties. Furthermore, manufacture of these could still result in up to 7 years in prison and fines up to $10,000. 
  • Schedule 4 drugs (Valium) carry a four-year sentence and up to $2,000 in fines.
  • Schedule 5 drugs (codeine) carry a two-year sentence and up to $2,000 in fines.
  • Possession of a vehicle, building or area, or providing tools and equipment to make drugs is a felony (without drugs being present) and can result in a ten-year prison sentence and up to $10,000 in fines.

Bringing it Home

It goes without saying that if you are manufacturing illegal drugs in Michigan or anywhere, you know you are doing something illegal and dangerous.

If you are carrying large quantities of drugs with the intent to sell, you are running a huge risk. Additionally, if you possess illegal drugs and investigators are trying to pin a harsher charge on you, you are in an unfortunate position.

Illegal Drug Crimes Attorney in Michigan

For any of these crimes, you deserve a fair and aggressive defense. Call my office today for a free consultation. Let’s get you started on regaining your reputation.

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