Drug Offenses

UCR Definition


The Florida Uniform Crime Reports program defines Drugs/Narcotics offenses as the unlawful cultivation, manufacture, distribution, sale, purchase, possession, transportation, or importation of any controlled drug or narcotic.

Drug Equipment

The Florida Uniform Crime Reports program defines Drug Equipment offenses as the unlawful manufacture, sale, purchase, possession, or transportation of equipment or devices used for preparing and/or taking drugs or narcotics.

The UCR Manual contains more information about these definitions.

Florida Statutes

893 - Drug Abuse and Prevention

381.986 – Medical Marijuana Violations


There were a total of 134,396 arrests for Drugs/Narcotics Offenses reported in 2018. Of these arrests, 5,404 were juveniles and 128,992 were adults.

UCR Arrest Data  Handcuffs

134,396 arrests for Drug Offenses in 2018

Source: Drug Arrests by Type, 1998-2018 (Excel)

Drug Offense arrests by age and sex 2018.  There were 4,278 juvenile males, 1,126 juvenile females, 98,203 adult males, and 30,789 adult females arrested.

Source: Drug Offenses and Non-Forcible Sex Offenses Arrests
by Age, Sex, and Race,
 2014-2018 (Excel)

2018 Drug Offense arrests by judicial circuit

Source: 2018 Disaggregated Judicial Circuit Arrest   (PDF | Excel)
To learn more about which counties are in what circuit,
please see the Florida Courts website.

Historical Data - Trends

Information about the different data sources found on our site.
15 year Drug Offense trend graphs
Source: Drug Arrests by Type, 1998-2018 (Excel)
Computerized Criminal History (Excel)


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