A new report released by the United State Sentencing Commission, titled Overview of Federal Criminal Cases Fiscal Year 2014, shows that the largest share of federal criminal cases are drug-related, with over a quarter of those cases related to cannabis.
According to the report, 31.7% of all federal criminal cases in 2014 were drug-related, twelve times the number of cases involving child pornography. The second most common category is immigration, which accounts for 29.3% of all federal criminal cases. Next in line is firearms and fraud, both accounting for around 10%, followed by “non-fraud white collar” crimes at 3.7%, child pornography charges at 2.5%, and larceny charges at 1.9%. The remaining 10.4% fall into the “other” category.
Of the drug-related cases, 25% were for cannabis, with roughly the same percentage being for methamphetamine. 20.6% of the cases were for cocaine, with the remaining 30% spread out among the other illegal substances.
The full report can be found by clicking here.