Drug Offences

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There are a number of different criminal offences which restrict the supply and use of harmful substances.

It is illegal to possess, supply and produce controlled drugs. It is also illegal to import or export drugs, or to allow your premises to be used for drug production. 

According to how harmful they are controlled drugs fall into three different categories. Class A, B or C, The sentences for drug offences are different for each class of drugs. Class A drugs are the most harmful and will lead to a greater sentence.

Categories of drug offences

  • Possession of drugs
  • Possession of drugs with intent to supply
  • Importation of drugs
  • Drug production
  • Psychoactive substances

What does each offence involve?

Being in possession of controlled drugs is illegal and you can be charged even if you did not know what you had was a controlled drug or if the drugs are yours or not.

If you are in possession of controlled drugs, and either you have more drugs than is consistent with personal use or there is evidence that you were intending to supply those drugs, an offence of possession with intent to supply could be committed.

Any person who possesses restricted drugs with intent to import or export drugs is committing a criminal offence. is conducted fairly.

If you are involved in the production of a controlled drug, can be linked to the production process and can be proved to have known a controlled drug was being produced, you can be charged with the production of drugs.

Growing cannabis plants amounts to “producing” cannabis, even if this is for your own personal use.

When these drugs are prepared and ready for onward distribution, you may also be charged with possession with intent to supply. This may depend on the quantity and location of the drugs as well as the steps taken to make them ready for supply. 

Psychoactive substances are legal highs and it is an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess with intent to supply or import and export the drug.

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