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Federal Drug Offenders, 1999: With Trends, 1984-99

NCJ Number
Date Published
August 2001
12 pages
John Scalia
Publication Series
This report describes offenders investigated for and charged with Federal drug offenses during 1999.
This report includes statistics describing type of drug involved in the offense, criminal history of defendants charged, demographic characteristics of defendants charged, defendants' role in the drug conspiracy, and sentences imposed. Also included are statistics describing the change in the number of suspects investigated, prosecuted, proportion sentenced to prison, and time to be served for the period 1984 through 1999. This report is based on data from the BJS's Federal Justice Statistics Program. Highlights include the following: Between 1984 and 1999, the number of defendants charged with a drug offense in Federal courts increased from 11,854 to 29,306; 65 percent of those charged during 1999 had previously been arrested; 28 percent had five or more prior arrests; half of those charged had previously been convicted, a third of a felony; 16 percent of incarcerated drug offenders reported being an importer, grower, or manufacturer of illicit drugs; and 25 percent reported that they distributed drugs to street-level dealers.

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