Estimated Annual Number of Arrests for Drug Offenses in the US By Type of Offense

Estimated Annual Number of Arrests for Drug Offenses in the US, by Type of Offense
Sale/Manufacture Possession
Year Total Drug Arrests Sale/Manu.
Any Drug
Heroin, Cocaine,
and Derivatives
Marijuana Synthetic or
Manufactured Drugs
Other Dangerous
Nonnarcotic Drugs
Possession
Any Drug
Heroin, Cocaine,
and Derivatives
Marijuana Synthetic or
Manufactured Drugs
Other Dangerous
Nonnarcotic Drugs
2019 1,558,862 207,328 65,472 45,207 26,501 68,590 1,351,533 305,537 500,395 62,354 483,247
2018 1,654,282 224,982 72,788 54,591 29,777 66,171 1,429,300 334,165 608,776 77,134 413,571
2017 1,632,921 238,406 84,912 60,418 26,127 65,317 1,394,515 336,382 599,282 78,380 380,471
2015 1,488,707 239,682 81,879 68,480 26,797 62,526 1,249,025 296,252 574,641 75,924 300,719
2014 1,561,231 263,848 90,551 81,184 29,663 64,010 1,297,383 265,409 619,809 74,939 335,665
2013 1,501,043 265,685 90,063 84,058 28,520 63,044 1,235,358 246,171 609,423 69,048 310,716
2012 1,552,432 276,333 94,698 91,593 29,496 62,097 1,276,099 256,151 658,231 69,859 290,305
2011 1,531,251 278,688 96,469 94,937 27,563 61,250 1,252,563 255,719 663,032 70,438 263,375
2010 1,638,846 296,631 101,608 103,247 29,499 60,637 1,342,215 268,771 750,591 67,193 257,299

Note: In 2016, the FBI estimated that there were 1,572,579 arrests for drug law violations in the US. The FBI's Uniform Crime Report for 2016, for the first time in many years, did not provide a breakdown of that figure by substance or offense type.

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