Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PDP) is a common charge in North Carolina. Usually PDP is charged in association with possession of drugs, but the two charges are not always given together. It is also often associated with other charges, such as possession of drugs or possession with intent to sell or distribute drugs. Drug paraphernalia is anything that is intended to use with an illegal substance. Possession of Drug Paraphernalia can be charged as a Class 1 Misdemeanor with maximum penalties including six months in jail.

The Law for PDP

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is governed by North Carolina General Statute § 90-113.21 and states:

(a)    As used in this Article, “drug paraphernalia” means all equipment, products and materials of any kind that are used to facilitate, or intended or designed to facilitate, violations of the Controlled Substances Act, including planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, and concealing controlled substances and injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing controlled substances into the human body.

Elements of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

A person guilty of this offense:

  1. Knowingly
  2. Uses or possesses with the intent to use
  3. Drug paraphernalia
  4. For any of the following purposes:
    1. To plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, package, repackage, store, contain, or conceal or
    2. To inject, ingest, inhale, or otherwise introduce into the body
  5. A controlled substance that is unlawful to possess.

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