A Federal drug crime is a drug-related criminal act that is illegal by the federal government. For example, marijuana is legal in California, but it is still illegal under the federal government.
A federal drug crime is usually only charged by the federal government if one of the following drug crimes was committed:
- Selling or manufacturing drugs
- Caught in possession of, using, selling, or manufacturing drugs on federal property or caught by a federal officer, such as a DEA agent
- Caught with the help of an informant
- The state and federal prosecutors made an agreement to charge on a federal level