Drug Offences

The main drugs offences are contained within the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Also see the Drugs Act 2005.

The Act defines what a controlled drug is and the defines three classes: A, B and C. Drugs that are considered as class A are seen as the most serious and therefore attract the most serious penalties, such as imprisonment. These categories are often reviewed in the light of developments with so called "legal highs."

There are a number of offences in relation to drugs that can be committed. These can include simple possession of controlled drugs, cultivating, possessing controlled drugs with intent to supply and importing or exporting controlled drugs. In the case of the latter, we are often called to represent suspects at Gatwick International Airport. 

It is also common for the prosecution to add the word 'conspiracy' to any charges in the magistrates court or counts on the indictment in the crown court.

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