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Drugs Cases

R .v. K
THE CROWN COURT AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT

The Defendant was charged with 2 Counts:

Possession of a quantity of cannabis, a controlled drug of Class B, in contravention of section 5(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Possessing a controlled drug of Class a, contrary to section 5(10 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

The Defendant pleaded Not Guilty to both charges.

Representations were made to the Crown prosecution Service for the matter to be withdrawn, which was accepted..

R V S
St Albans Crown Court

The Defendant was charged with 2 Counts:

1. Had in possession a quantity, namely 3.06 grams of Cocaine, a controlled drug of Class A with intent to supply it to another in contravention of section 4(1) of the Misuse of Drugs act !971, contrary to section 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

2. Had in possession a quantity, namely 2.79 grams of Cannabis, a controlled drug of Class b with intent to supply it to another in contravention of section 4(1) of the Misuse of drugs Act 1971, contrary to section 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

At the sentence hearing, on the basis that the Defendant played a significant role at Category 3 (of the Drug Offences Sentencing Council Definitive Guidelines), which for Class A, Category 3, provides for a custodial sentence of 3 years 6 months to 7 years custody; and, in respect of Class B offence, similarly Category 3, and a significant role providing for a medium level community Order to 26 weeks custody.

A series of submissions were made to the Court, on the basis that a lesser role was involved in the offences:

The Court in sentencing stated that the offences had crossed the custody threshold.

The sentence:

Concurrent on each count

18 Month Supervision Order

12 month low level Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR):

Forfeiture of Cash

£800 contribution to Prosecution costs to be paid within 6 months

Destruction of drugs and equipment

(R.v. E)
In the St.Albans Crown Court,
Reported in the Watford Observer 15 June 2010

Defended client charged contrary to section 4(2)(a) Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, who set up a small cannabis factory in the bedroom of her home. There were two large growing tents, with plants drying out in another tent. Chemicals were used to enhance the growth of the cannabis plants. The Court estimated the retail value of the drugs to be in the region of £5,000.00.  Legal submissions and established case law were put before the Court on behalf of the Defendant.  The Defendant was sentenced to 8 months custody suspended for 2 years and a requirement of 150 hours unpaid work over a period of 1 year and £425.00 costs of the prosecution. An order for the drugs to be destroyed was made.

R .v. D and Others,
Snaresbrook Crown Court

Instructed in a major drugs importation and supply of £50 million worth of cocaine into England, being one of the top tier organised world crime networks, the police operation code was named Operation Bella Vista, and involved the Carribean, USA, Canada, Europe and the UK. Defended the Head of the Organisation Network Mr Dundus-Jones.

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