Criminal Defense of Immigrants


§ 18.18 2. Controlled Substance-Related Grounds

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There are three conduct-based controlled substances related grounds of inadmissibility:  (a)  admission of a controlled substances offense, (b) where the DHS has reason to believe the noncitizen (or noncitizen’s family member) has engaged in drug trafficking, and (c) being a drug abuser or addict.  A noncitizen may also be found inadmissible upon conviction[174] for violating any law or regulation of a State, the United States or a foreign country related to a controlled substance.[175] 

[174] See § 21.4, infra.

[175] INA § 212(A)(2)(a)(i)(II), 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(2)(A)(i)(II). See § 21.5, infra.