It's not only illegal to possess illicit drugs, but it's also illegal to possess the accouterments of drugs -- namely, drug paraphernalia. If law enforcement officials find that you're in possession of items used to take, manufacture, sell, measure, package, conceal or weigh illegal drugs, for example, you could be charged with a crime.
A charge of drug paraphernalia possession could be a serious offense that leaves you in trouble with the law, even if you aren't found in possession of any actual drugs. Furthermore, virtually anything could become "drug paraphernalia" in the eyes of the law if a court deems that the items were used in connection with drugs. For example, a small zip-lock baggie, a pipe that could also be used for tobacco smoking, a coat hanger, a piece of tinfoil and other seemingly innocuous items could all become "drug paraphernalia" depending on the circumstances under which they were found.
The most common types of drug paraphernalia include:
- Rolling papers for smoking drugs
- Bongs for smoking drugs
- Pipes for smoking drugs
- Syringes for administering drugs
- Baggies for packaging and selling drugs
- Scales for weighing drugs
- Tinfoil used to store and/or smoke drugs
- A host of other times connected with drugs
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