No Case to Answer for Llewellyn Culver-Evans’ client acquitted of Class A drug supply

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By: Llewellyn Culver-Evans March 13, 2024

Llewellyn, representing NA, succeeded in persuading the Court that there was no case to answer in respect of intention to supply cocaine.

NA had been arrested following a search of their property, wherein the police recovered a significant quantity of cocaine, digital scales, deal-bags, cash and a substance described by a drugs expert witness as a “cutting agent”. NA had accepted possession of cocaine but denied that it was for onward supply.

The Crown called a drugs expert witness at trial, who gave evidence that the quantity found was “far in excess of anything which could be considered for personal use”.

Notwithstanding this, Llewellyn made an application at the close of the prosecution’s case, to withdraw the charge of intent to supply from the jury, arguing that the weight alone, in the absence of any further compelling evidence on planning to supply, was insufficient to make out the charge. Llewellyn submitted to the Court that the considerable gap between the top of the range on the sentencing guidelines (51 weeks custody), and the maximum sentence for the offence of possession of class A (7 years custody), demonstrated that there had to be scenarios whereby excessive weights of drugs could be held to be in a defendant’s possession without an intention to supply the same.

The Judge ruled that there was no case for NA to answer in respect of an intention to supply and withdrew the case from the jury. NA was found not guilty of intent to supply by direction of the Judge.

Llewellyn was instructed by Advice Wise Solicitors.

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