Total Annual Arrests in the US by Type of Offense

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In 2018, law enforcement agencies in the US made an estimated 10,310,960 arrests for all offenses, of which 1,654,282 were drug arrests.

Although the intent of a 'War on Drugs' may have been to target drug smugglers and 'King Pins,' of the 1,654,282 arrests for drug law violations in 2018, 86.4% (1,429,300) were for mere possession of a controlled substance. Only 13.6% (224,982) were for the sale or manufacturing of a drug. Further, 40.1% of drug arrests in 2018 were for marijuana offenses -- a total of 663,367. Of those, an estimated 608,776 arrests (36.8% of all drug arrests) were for marijuana possession alone. By contrast in 2000, a total of 734,497 Americans were arrested for marijuana offenses, of which 646,042 (40.9%) were for possession alone.

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"Crime in the United States 2018 - Arrests," FBI Uniform Crime Report (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, September 2019), p. 2, and Arrest Table: Arrests for Drug Abuse Violations.
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"Crime in the United States - 2000," FBI Uniform Crime Reports (Washington, DC: US Government Printing Office, 2001), p. 216, Tables 29 and 4.1.
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