Drug Manufacturing and Penalties in North Carolina

What is drug manufacturing in North Carolina? What are the penalties? In North Carolina, manufacturing a controlled substance is defined by general statute 90-95(a)(1). A person can be found guilty of this offense if the state proves beyond a reasonable doubt three elements: that the person knowingly manufactured a controlled substance. For this offense, manufacturing is defined by North Carolina general statute 90-87 (15) and can include any method, whether direct or indirect, of producing, preparing, packaging, labeling or processing a controlled substance. The statute calls out an exception to some behaviors committed by the defendant that are performed on the substance for the defendant’s own use. This law penalizes processes done to controlled substances, and does not prescribe a minimum amount or weight of it. The penalty associated with this offense depends on what schedule the controlled substance is. If the substance is defined as a Schedule I or II substance, it can be prosecuted as a Class H felony. But if it’s the manufacture of methamphetamine, it can be prosecuted as a Class C felony. For most other drug offenses, it is punishable as a Class I felony. In addition, and depending on the facts, if you are charged with manufacturing a controlled substance in Raleigh, your case could also be prosecuted federally.