Total Annual Drug Arrests In The United States By Offense Type

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2017: Of the 1,632,921 drug law violations in the US in 2017, 85.4% (1,394,515) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 14.6% (238,404) were for sale or manufacture of a drug.

2016: Based on an analysis of 1,186,810 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2016: 84.7% (1,004,762) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 15.3% (182,048) were for sale or manufacture of a drug.
(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 offense type. The FBI did perform an analysis of a subset of its arrest data for its 2016 Uniform Crime Report. The data were reported by police agencies in the US that cover 77.37% of the US population (an estimated population of 250,017,636 people out of a total population of 323,127,513 in 2016).

2015: Of the 1,488,707 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2015, 83.9% (1,249,025) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 16.1% (239,682) were for sale or manufacture of a drug.
2014: Of the 1,561,231 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2014, 83.1% (1,297,384) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 16.9% (263,848) were for sale or manufacture of a drug.
2013: Of the 1,501,043 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2013, 82.3% (1,235,358) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 17.7% (265,685) were for sale or manufacture of a drug.
2012: Of the 1,552,432 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2012, 82.2% (1,276,099) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 17.8% (276,333) were for sale or manufacture of a drug.
2011: Of the 1,531,251 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2011, 81.8% (1,252,563) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 18.2% (278,687) were for sale or manufacture of a drug.
2010: Of the 1,638,846 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2010, 81.9% (1,342,215) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 18.1% (296,631) were for sale or manufacture of a drug.

2007: Of the 1,841,182 arrests for drug law violations in the US in 2007, 82.5% (1,518,975) were for possession of a controlled substance. Only 17.5% (322,207) were for sale or manufacture of a drug.

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