Possession of Drug Paraphernalia in Nevada

What is Drug Paraphernalia?

According to NRS 453.554, drug paraphernalia is considered as any equipment, material, product, or any object used or designed to be used for cultivating, growing, planting, propagating, manufacturing, harvesting, preparing, compounding, testing, analyzing, converting, producing, packaging, repackaging, containing, injecting, ingesting, concealing, inhaling, storing, or otherwise introducing a controlled substance into the human body. Despite possession of drug paraphernalia results in a misdemeanor charge, a conviction for this type of drug crime results in jail time and fines.

The common types of drug paraphernalia include:

  • Balloons
  • Bongs
  • Capsules
  • Containers
  • Filters or sifters
  • Grinders
  • Kits used for drug manufacturing and analyzing
  • Mixing devices
  • Pipes
  • Roach clips
  • Scales
  • Testing equipment

Under NSR 453.556, specific factors may be utilized by Nevada law enforcement to establish whether an object or item is considered drug paraphernalia.

Some factors in order to determine an individual’s drug paraphernalia usage include the following:

  • Any statements made concerning drug paraphernalia use
  • Any previous drug convictions
  • Direct or circumstantial evidence demonstrating the intent to deliver the object to a person the individual’s knows will use for drug-related purpose
  • Presence of drugs or drug residue in or on the object
  • Proximity of object to a controlled substance

Penalties for Drug Paraphernalia

An individual who has been convicted of drug paraphernalia possession can be charged with a misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a maximum of $1,000 in fines. An individual who has been charged of unlawful delivery, manufacture, possession, or sale of drug paraphernalia can be convicted of a category E felony, which is punishable by a one to four year prison sentence. An individual who has been charged of unlawful delivery or sale to a minor can be convicted of a category C felony, punishable by a one to five year prison sentence.

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