In Nevada, manufacturing or cultivating illegal drugs means to produce or prepare illegal substances, perhaps by extracting, refining, or synthesizing a substance to match the chemical structure of a controlled drug.

What Illegal Drugs Are Most Often Manufactured?

Methamphetamine is one of the most commonly manufactured drugs; recipes for it can even be found online. Synthetic drugs such as ecstasy or “Molly” can very easily be manufactured in homes and places of employment, which is very dangerous.

Who Might Be Charged In The Manufacturing Of Illegal Drugs?

When it comes to the manufacture and cultivation of illegal drugs, people at every stage of the process can be charged, including the person who sold the precursor chemicals, the person who delivered the chemicals, and the person who sold the chemicals. If someone has the knowledge that they are assisting in the cultivation of controlled substances, then they can be charged.

What Elements Must The Prosecution Prove In Order To Obtain A Conviction In A Drug Manufacturing Case?

In order to obtain a conviction in a drug manufacturing case, the prosecution must prove that the defendant(s) gathered, combined, produced, prepared, extracted, or synthesized the drug.

What Are Some Aggravating And Mitigating Factors That Might Influence Sentencing And Drug Manufacturing Or Cultivation In Nevada?

Aggravating and mitigating factors might include the type of drug (e.g. marijuana versus methamphetamine), and the location of the cultivation of the drug (e.g. near a school or church or other protected areas where others could have been injured or impacted by the process).

What Are Minimum Sentencing Laws For Illegal Drug Manufacturing Or Cultivation In Nevada?

In Nevada, manufacturing and cultivation are typically felony-level offenses. If it’s a first offense, then it will be a lower level felony, whereas a second or third offense will be a higher level of felony. If there are aggravating factors, then more prison time would likely be imposed. For example, a sentence for a first offense could be zero to five years, whereas a sentence for a second or third offense could be a 115, or five years to life in prison. The sentence will depend on the defendant’s criminal history and the type of drug that was produced.

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