It is a crime to carry on the business of unlawfully trafficking in a dangerous drug. The Maximum penalty for trafficking is 25 years imprisonment.
What is a “dangerous drug?
Dangerous drugs are defined in schedule 1 and 2 of the Drug Misuse Regulation 1987. Schedule 1 drugs include: -
• Amphetamine – commonly known as Speed, Goey or Whiz
• Cocaine – commonly known as Coke or Blow
• Heroin – commonly known as Hammer, Smack or Slow
• Lysergide – commonly known as LSD or Acid
• Methylamphetamine – commonly known as Crystal Meth, Ice, Crack or Chard
• Methylenedioxymethamphetamine – commonly known as MDMA, Ecstasy, Pinga, Eckie or E
• Phencyclidine – commonly known as PCP or Angel Dust
Schedule 2 drugs include Cannabis, Codeine, Methadone, Morphine, Opium, Magic Mushrooms or Cannabis resin/ Hashish.
What is the meaning of “trafficking”?
Typically, "trafficking" includes selling. But “trafficking” has a wide meaning and includes trading in or dealing with. A single transaction can amount to trafficking in drugs. However, to establish trafficking it is necessary to show a regularity of drug dealing sufficient to establish that it occurred in the course of a business which might be regarded as trafficking.
The penalty for trafficking normally depends on the type of drugs supplied, the amount of drugs, their value, the nature of the business and whether is it commercial or to feed a drug habit. Serious penalties apply to trafficking and you should get advice from us if you have been charged.
Note: The law changes from time to time and the above information may not be accurate at the time of your viewing. You should book an appointment with us for advice, as different information may apply.