It could be said that any type of illegal substance is a dangerous drug. However, the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) provide an exhaustive list of "dangerous drugs" in §13-3401, and §13-3407 lists all relative drug crimes and penalties involving dangerous drugs. Possession is a class 4 felony, punishable by 1.5 to 3 years in prison. Possession of any equipment and/or chemicals for the purpose of manufacturing the drug, or the obtaining of the drug through deceit or fraud, is a class 3 felony resulting in a 2.5 to 7 year sentence. Possession for sale, manufacturing, administering, trafficking or importing the drug is a class 2 felony, punishable by 4 to 10 years in prison. All of the above will also incur a $1,000 fine or three times the value of the drugs in question (whichever is greater). Need an attorney for drug charges in Phoenix? It is important to retain an experienced Phoenix drug lawyer right away!

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There are over 150 dangerous drugs and substances listed under the term "dangerous drugs" in the A.R.S. Most of the illegal drugs containing these substances are listed in Schedule I and Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that they are very dangerous and have a high level of abuse. Some of the more common of these drugs are as follows:

  • Ecstasy: Known on the street as "ecstasy," the drug MDMA is usually taken in pill form. As a mildly psychedelic drug, ecstasy causes euphoria, a sense of acceptance, reduced anger and stress, and increased sensory abilities. However, aftereffects include anxiety, irritability, paranoia and severe depression. Ecstasy is highly addictive and has been involved in numerous cases of overdose.
  • Methamphetamines & Amphetamines: Methamphetamines, or "meth," are a psychoactive drug with similar qualities to ecstasy. It also causes a sense of euphoria, alertness and energy and causes a large release of dopamine in the brain, which is why it is highly addictive. Amphetamines cover a wide variety of drugs, including meth. Known on the street as "speed," they are commonly used as a performance enhancer due to increased alertness, concentration, and energy resulting from use of the drug. However, for both meth and amphetamines, overdose is always a danger.
  • LSD: Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is known as "acid" on the street. As a psychedelic drug, LSD causes a sense of an "alternate reality," including lengthened time, distorted vision, radiant colors, after images, and more. Although LSD is non-addictive, it is still very dangerous because it can permanently alter an individual's personality or cause panic attacks, anxiety or psychosis.
  • PCP: Also known as "angel dust" or "wack," phencyclidine (PCP) causes a sense of disassociation or detachment, as well as hallucinations and delusions, which are often unpleasant. Because of it dissociative effects, PCP can cause a person to become violent and unaware of pain, making it one of the most dangerous hallucinogenic drugs. Sold as powder or tablets, the drug can be snorted, smoked or eaten, and the effects can last for hours.
  • Crystal Meth: Methamphetamines can be processed into crystalline form, which is then called crystal meth or "ice." Methods of use include smoking, injection or ingestion. Crystal meth causes a lengthy "high" or sense of euphoria and is highly addictive. It can also cause rapid weight loss, though the effects are temporary. As a dangerous drug, use of meth can result in overdose and death via brain damage, muscle breakdown, stroke, cardiac arrest or hyperthermia.


Since dangerous drugs have such a high potential for overuse, physical harm or death, the federal and state governments are quick to take action against a person who they believe is in possession or is manufacturing, distributing or selling such illegal substances. This in turn leads to a number of false charges, however, which can only be fought with the skill of a Phoenix dangerous drug crime lawyer. If you have been charged with a dangerous drug crime, call MayesTelles PLLC today for the representation that you need. We have extensive experience in drug crime cases and could tirelessly fight until your charges are reduces or dismissed.

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