The state of Arizona is known for having particularly tough laws regarding the possession of and the selling of heroin. Depending upon the person's criminal past, even simple possession could result in a lengthy prison sentence and an expensive fine. Consequences for trafficking or selling of heroin can be even more severe.
Under Arizona law, possession of heroin is a Class 4 felony. Thus, the consequences are automatically assumed to be a minimum of two years and six months in prison. However, the drug charge can be potentially changed to a Class 1 misdemeanor depending upon the street value of the amount the person was accused of being in possession of. The selling of heroin is considered to be a Class 3 felony while trafficking heroin is a Class 2 felony. Both of these charges have associated consequences that are more severe than possession.