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Selling Imitation Substances

Imitation Substances

Is It a Crime to Sell Fake Drugs?

Yes, the law is very clear that selling an imitation controlled substance is a crime!

What Qualifies as an Imitation Controlled Substance?

An Imitation Controlled Substance is any substance that itself is not a controlled substance under law but based on its appearance or representation would lead a “reasonable person” to think that the imitation substance is a controlled substance.

In short, an imitation substance is one that is intended to be perceived as the real thing. It need not even have the same effect as the controlled substance it is imitating. LA criminal defense attorney William Kroger sees cases where the imitation substances themselves are filled with caffeine or are just placebos.

Is There a Difference Between Counterfeit Substances and Imitation Drugs?

Generally speaking, imitation drugs refer to drugs intended to imitate controlled substances like Methamphetamine, Cocaine, or Heroin.

On the other hand, Counterfeit drugs or substances are those that are unlawfully made in the likeness of pharmaceutical drugs with regards to their imprint, labelling, packaging, or any other identifying mark. Most commonly, it is opioids that are produced as counterfeits. Since counterfeit substances have tendency to be mass produced, punishments (especially under Federal law) tend to be much harsher.

Examples of counterfeit substances include

  • Fake “Lean” or prescription Cough Syrup
  • Fake Opioid medications like “Hydrocodone” or “OxyContin”

Common imitation drugs include

  • Fake MDMA or Molly
  • Fake Ecstasy
  • Fake Cocaine
  • Fake Mushrooms

What Does Federal Law Say About Selling Fake or Counterfeit Drugs?

Under Federal Law, it is unlawful for any person to knowingly or intentionally:

  • Create
  • Distribute
  • Dispense
  • Or possess with intent to distribute

… a counterfeit substance

What Are the Federal Penalties for Selling “Fake Drugs”?

  • Fine of between $100,000 and $10,000,000; OR
  • Not less than one year in Federal Prison; OR
  • Both the fine and imprisonment.

What Does California Law Say About Fake Drugs?

Under California Law, any person who:

  • Manufactures
  • Distributes;
  • Or possesses with an intent to distribute

…a controlled substance is guilty of a misdemeanor.

What Are the State Penalties for Selling “Fake Drugs”?

The penalties for selling imitation drugs include

  • Up to 6 months in County Jail; OR
  • A fine of $1,000; OR
  • Both jail time and fine

Legal Defense Strategies: Where Kroger Law Can Help

Strange as it may sound, there are still criminal consequences for attempting to sell fake drugs. While the drugs may be fake, the convictions certainly aren’t.

As a known and trusted LA criminal defense attorney, William Kroger has decades of experience defending against all manner of drug related criminal charges, including charges for imitation drugs. With a long, proven track record and decades of knowledge to back him up, William Kroger and the rest of our trusted legal team here are your best shot at a successful defense.

If you are currently facing any sort of drug related criminal charge, contact us immediately at 323-655-5700 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case. The sooner you contact us, the sooner we can begin preparing a successful defense!

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