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Drug Manufacturing

Illegal drugs are referred to as controlled substances because virtually all aspects of their use are regulated (or controlled) by the state and federal government. While many people who are arrested for drug crimes in New York face some kind of criminal charges relating to possession, some individuals may be accused of manufacturing controlled substances.

All crimes in New York that involve the manufacture of a controlled substance are felony offenses. Convictions not only carry the possibility of lengthy prison sentences and steep fines, but also numerous long-term hardships in matters concerning employment, housing, and professional licensing because of the effect of having a record of the offense on a person's criminal record.

Attorney for Drug Manufacturing Arrests in Garden City, NY

Do you think that you could be under investigation or were you already arrested for any kind of drug manufacturing offense in New York City? Make sure that you do not say anything to authorities until you have first contacted Law Office of Stephanie Selloni.

Nassau County criminal defense lawyer Stephanie Selloni defends clients accused of drug crimes in communities throughout Long Island, such as North Hempstead, Glen Cove, Garden City, Freeport, Massapequa Park, and many others.

You can have our attorney provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call 516-972-1212 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


Overview of Drug Manufacturing Crimes in New York


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Methamphetamine Manufacturing Penalties on Long Island

Methamphetamine (more commonly known as crystal meth or simply “meth,” but also referred to by such street names as ice, crank, or speed) is a highly-addictive stimulant that exploded in popularity across the nation after more people learned that several over-the-counter (OTC) drugs or other ingredients could be used to manufacture (or “cook”) methamphetamine.

New York has multiple laws criminalizing the manufacture of methamphetamine, and some of the definitions for terms used in these statutes include:

  • Precursor — Ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, or any salt, isomer or salt of an isomer of such substances;
  • Chemical Reagent — A chemical reagent that can be used in the manufacture, production or preparation of methamphetamine;
  • Solvent — A solvent that can be used in the manufacture, production or preparation of methamphetamine;
  • Laboratory Equipment — Any items, components or materials that can be used in the manufacture, preparation or production of methamphetamine; and
  • Hazardous or Dangerous Material — Any substance, or combination of substances, that results from or is used in the manufacture, preparation or production of methamphetamine which, because of its quantity, concentration, or physical or chemical characteristics, poses a substantial risk to human health or safety, or a substantial danger to the environment.

Methamphetamine manufacturing crimes in New York include:

  • Criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the second degree, New York Penal Law § 220.70 — Possessing a precursor, a chemical reagent or a solvent with the intent to use or knowing another intends to use such precursor, chemical reagent, or solvent to unlawfully produce, prepare or manufacture methamphetamine is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail;
  • Criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the first degree, New York Penal Law § 220.71 — Committing the offense of criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the second degree after having been previously convicted within the preceding five years of criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the second degree or criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the first degree is a class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison;
  • Criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, New York Penal Law § 220.72 — Possessing at the same time a precursor and a solvent or chemical reagent, with intent to use or knowing that another intends to use each such precursor, solvent or chemical reagent to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine is a class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison;
  • Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, New York Penal Law § 220.73 — Possessing at the same time and location, with intent to use, or knowing that another intends to use each such product to unlawfully manufacture, prepare or produce methamphetamine: Two or more items of laboratory equipment and two or more precursors, chemical reagents or solvents in any combination; or one item of laboratory equipment and three or more precursors, chemical reagents or solvents in any combination; or a precursor mixed together with a chemical reagent or solvent; or with two or more chemical reagents and/or solvents mixed together, is a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison;
  • Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the second degree, New York Penal Law § 220.74 — Committing the offense of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree in the presence of another person under the age of 16, provided that the alleged offender is at least five years older than such other person under the age of 16; or committing the crime of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree and having previously been convicted within the preceding five years of the offense of criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the first degree, unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the second degree, or unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the first degree is a class C felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison; and
  • Unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the first degree, New York Penal Law § 220.75 — Committing the crime of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the second degree, after having previously been convicted within the preceding five years of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third degree, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the second degree, or unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the first degree is a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

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Related Drug Manufacturing Crimes in Nassau County

Methamphetamine is not the only drug that people can manufacture, and individuals can face other criminal charges for allegedly manufacturing other types of controlled substances. Some of the other kinds of criminal charges related to drug manufacturing that people may face include:

  • Criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree, New York Penal Law § 220.50 — Knowingly possessing or selling any of the following is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail: Diluents, dilutants or adulterants, including but not limited to, any of the following: quinine hydrochloride, mannitol, mannite, lactose or dextrose, adapted for the dilution of narcotic drugs or stimulants under circumstances evincing an intent to use, or under circumstances evincing knowledge that some person intends to use, the same for purposes of unlawfully mixing, compounding, or otherwise preparing any narcotic drug or stimulant; Gelatine capsules, glassine envelopes, vials, capsules or any other material suitable for the packaging of individual quantities of narcotic drugs or stimulants under circumstances evincing an intent to use, or under circumstances evincing knowledge that some person intends to use, the same for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, packaging or dispensing of any narcotic drug or stimulant; or Scales and balances used or designed for the purpose of weighing or measuring controlled substances, under circumstances evincing an intent to use, or under circumstances evincing knowledge that some person intends to use, the same for purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, packaging or dispensing of any narcotic drug or stimulant.
  • Criminally using drug paraphernalia in the first degree, New York Penal Law § 220.55 — Committing the crime of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree and having previously been convicted of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the second degree is a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in prison.
  • Criminal possession of precursors of controlled substances, New York Penal Law § 220.60 — Possessing any of the following combinations at the same time with intent to manufacture a controlled substance unlawfully is a class E felony punishable by up to four years in prison: carbamide (urea) and propanedioc and malonic acid or its derivatives; ergot or an ergot derivative and diethylamine or dimethylformamide or diethylamide; phenylacetone (1-phenyl-2 propanone) and hydroxylamine or ammonia or formamide or benzaldehyde or nitroethane or methylamine; pentazocine and methyliodide; phenylacetonitrile and dichlorodiethyl methylamine or dichlorodiethyl benzylamine; diephenylacetonitrile and dimethylaminoisopropyl chloride; piperidine and cyclohexanone and bromobenzene and lithium or magnesium; or 2, 5-dimethoxy benzaldehyde and nitroethane and a reducing agent.

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Drug Manufacturing Resources in New York

Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York — The Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor (SNP) is an independent prosecutors’ office with citywide jurisdiction and is the only agency of its kind in the United States. The Office is responsible for felony narcotics investigations and prosecutions in the five boroughs of New York City. Visit this website to read recent news, find public service announcements, and access annual reports.

Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor
80 Centre St. 6th floor
New York, NY 10013
(212) 815-0400

Greater New York Region of Narcotics Anonymous (NA) — NA is a nonprofit, international, community-based organization for recovering addicts who learn from one another how to live drug-free and recover from the effects of addiction. The Greater New York Region of NA covers areas of New York City and Long Island, as well as the Southern portion of Upstate New York. Use this website to find the dates, times, and locations of meetings.

Greater New York Regional Service Office
154 Christopher St. Suite 1A
New York, NY, 10014
(212) 929-NANA (6262)


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Law Office of Stephanie Selloni | Garden City Drug Manufacturing Defense Attorney

If you were arrested or believe that you might be under investigation in New York City for drug manufacturing, it is in your best interest to exercise your right to remain silent until you have legal counsel. Contact Law Office of Stephanie Selloni as soon as possible.

Stephanie Selloni is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Nassau County represents individuals in Mineola, Lynbrook, Oyster Bay, Long Beach, Hempstead, and several other nearby areas on Long Island.

Call 516-972-1212 or complete an online contact form to have our attorney review your case and help you understand all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.



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