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Facing any drug offence, especially one as serious as conspiracy to supply class A drugs, can be a frightening experience for anyone, and incredibly disruptive to your personal and professional life. If you have found yourself involved in a conspiracy to supply class A drugs case, it might help to understand more about the offence and what might play out in court. Read on to discover more about the conspiracy to supply class A drugs offence and how other cases have been dealt with by the courts.
The crime of conspiracy to supply class A drugs is governed in part by the Criminal Law Act of 1977, but the term ‘conspiracy’ is not actually defined in that law. Rather, the legal understanding of the term is built around the notion of ‘agreement’ and can be broad ranging covering many situations. Instances that might be considered conspiracy to supply class A drugs include:
Examples of Class A Drugs include crack cocaine, cocaine, heroin, LSD, crystal meth, ecstasy (MDMA), and magic mushrooms.
|Case Details||Judgment Date||Sentence||Link to Transcript|
|Scheme to supply drugs across the border to Scotland, with numerous drug-related prior offences||22/05/2014||13 years’ imprisonment||https://crimeline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Kelly.pdf|
|Conspiracy to supply cocaine worth £521,000||26/01/2011||28 years’ imprisonment||https://crimeline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Hurtado-and-Esqulant-.pdf|
|Driving drugs from London to Southampton in scheme to supply said drugs||20/09/2016||3 years’ detention in a young offender’s institution||https://crimeline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Stanislas-and-another.pdf|
|Group’s supply of criminal gangs in multiple UK counties||24/12/2014||6 to 17 years’ imprisonment||https://crimeline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Cooke-and-others.pdf|
|Conspiracy to supply amphetamine, cocaine, diamorphine, and cannabis||16/12/2016||6.5 years’ imprisonment||https://crimeline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Walsh.pdf|
|Supply of heroin and cocaine on an ‘industrial scale’||10/07/2014||11 years’ imprisonment||https://crimeline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Al-MeskryKhan.pdf|
|Inferior role in supply of crack cocaine and diamorphine worth around £280||09/09/2016||40 months’ imprisonment and victim surcharge of £120||https://crimeline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Spruce.pdf|
The team at Stuart Miller Solicitors have defended over 10,000 cases successfully to date, and many of these cases involved conspiracy to supply class A drugs. Among our notable cases involving conspiracy to supply class A drugs are:
The courts take conspiracy to supply class A drugs offences very seriously and the maximum sentence that could be given for involvement in supply of class A drugs is life imprisonment and a hefty fine. These cases will always be tried at the Crown Court because of how serious they are.
As with other crimes, including those involving drugs, it may be the case that the court finds particular aggravating or mitigating circumstances applicable to your case. In the case of aggravating factors, this will mean that your punishment will be harsher, and in the case of mitigating factors, that your punishment will be more lenient.
In drug cases, there are usually two specific defences raised and a number of general defences that might apply. Specific defences relate to the crime itself while general defences relate to the person who is alleged to have committed the crime.
Specific defences include:
General defences include:
While not formally a defence, you may also be able to reduce your sentence through entering an early guilty plea. If you did actually commit the crime and there is strong evidence against you, entering an early plea could lead to as much as one third of your sentence being removed (assuming you are over the age of 18 years). If you enter this plea before proceedings commence, you can benefit from a greater reduction. By contrast, entering a late plea could have little to no effect on your sentence.
To get more assistance with a conspiracy to supply class A drugs case, either one you fear facing or have actually been charged with, contact the experts at Stuart Miller Solicitors today. Our highly experienced and friendly team will guide you through what is likely to happen with the case and advise you on how best to prepare a defence. Whether your preference is for meetings online, on the phone, or face-to-face, get in touch today to find out how we could help with your case.
(This page was last updated on November 27, 2023.)
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