Mr H. and his coworker Mr. C were on their way from Belgium when they were stopped at the UK border. As Mr. C was a qualified HGV driver, and Mr. H was training for his licence, the two had just completed transporting goods to Europe, and were returning with empty boxes – or so they thought. A compulsory search of the horse boxes revealed a backpack and bags hidden under the straw, containing approximately 14 kilogrammes of cocaine, a class A drug. The two were stopped and searched, and Mr. C was found carrying 20,000 euros in cash, they were charged with evading excise duty, possession of class A drugs with intent to supply, and possession of criminal property.
Fearful for his freedom and determined to clear his name, Mr. H contacted us to represent him in a case involving possession of criminal property and possession of class A drugs. Our drug solicitors immediately sprang into action to uncover the truth of the matter and ensure justice for our client. They initiated a thorough legal investigation, analyzing all evidence submitted by the police and the prosecution for inconsistencies or biases against our client. Subsequently, our criminal defence solicitors met with forensic experts to carefully examine the contents of the backpack and identify any recognizable fingerprints on the packets or bags. They also gathered witness statements from all those present and character statements from individuals who knew our client and the co-defendant. Additionally, our criminal defence solicitors conducted lengthy conferences with our client to gather information on his work history, character, and background, aiming to ascertain his nature and whether he was likely to commit such offenses.
The inquiry uncovered that our client was completely innocent of any possession with intent to supply charges. No traces of his DNA were found near the backpacks or the drugs in question. He was unaware of the presence of those bags in the horse boxes. Additionally, the cash carried by the co-defendant was payment for a prior delivery in Belgium, and he was mistakenly instructed to keep it concealed.
Armed with evidence, our drug solicitors submitted an exhaustive argument that proved our client’s innocence – pointing to the lack of forensic evidence, the fact that he had never faced criminal charges and that he had proof that he was scheduled to deliver items to and from the UK. After a 5-day trial, our drug solicitors were able to convince the jury of the truth of our client’s innocence, and they returned a verdict of not guilty. Finally, our client was allowed to go home a free man.
Despite having no knowledge of what was smuggled in the back, our client faced months of uncertainty, fear, and anxiety – because of the actions of others. If you or someone you know is in a similar situation, please don’t hesitate to contact us now. We’re here to help defend your rights and protect your interests.
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