Phencyclidine (PCP) emerged as a recreational drug in the United States in 1967. While its recreational use has declined significantly since the late 1980s, PCP is still a recreational drug that is often ingested, smoked, inhaled, or injected. If you are facing felony charges connected to PCP, we urge you to contact a Phoenix drug crime attorney from MayesTelles PLLC.

At MayesTelles PLLC, we defend individuals facing all types of drug charges, and we can help you too. With a former prosecutor on our team, and with years of experience, we know Arizona's drug laws inside and out and we know what strategies to use to challenge the evidence in drug-related cases.


PCP, otherwise known as angel dust, Ashy Larry, illy, or wet, is a recreational drug that entered the market in the 1950s as an anesthetic, but was taken off the market in 1965 and limited to veterinarian use because of its side effects, including hallucinations, mania, delirium, and disorientation. By 1967, PCP emerged as a recreational drug in major U.S. cities, but by the 1980s its use had declined significantly.

PCP comes in powder and liquid forms, but it is usually sprayed onto marijuana, mint, oregano, tobacco, parsley, or ginger leaves and then smoked. PCP is a Schedule II substance in the United States and in Arizona is considered a "dangerous drug."


Under A.R.S. § 13-3407 (any amount), PCP offenses are as follows:

Under A.R.S. § 13-702, the sentencing for a Class 2 felony is 3 to 12.5 years in prison, and for a Class 4 felony, the sentencing is 1 to 3.75 years. The offender's conviction and probation may also include fines, community service, and mandatory drug testing.


If you are facing any type of drug charges, you could be facing years behind bars. We urge you to contact a drug crime attorney from MayesTelles PLLC at once.

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