Drug crimes are very serious charges, but the term "drug crimes" is also a vague term that doesn't fully describe what types of charges a drug offender could be facing. For the most part, there are only a handful of categories that will compose the term "drug crimes." Drug paraphernalia, drug possession, drug trafficking or distribution, and drug manufacturing.
Drug paraphernalia has to do with the equipment and tools used to prepare and consume drugs. So, as examples, syringes and pipes and bongs would qualify as drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia charges aren't as severe as some other charges, and there can also be mitigating circumstances with these charges.
Drug possession charges vary from state to state, but in general they deal with a person having drugs on their person. Any illicit or illegal substance, may that legality be banned on the state or federal level, can lead to a drug possession charge.
Drug trafficking and distribution can be charged in a variety of ways. Drug dealing, drug trafficking, distributing drugs in your neighborhood -- there are many methods of selling drugs. The many terms for this charge aren't important. What is important are the consequences of these charges. People can suffer for the rest of their lives as a result of distributing drugs, may it be in a relatively minor way or a major way.
If you have been accused of a drug offense, get in touch with an attorney as soon as possible.
Source: FindLaw, "Types of Drug Crimes," Accessed June 6, 2017