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Drug Trafficking

If you have been accused of trafficking drugs into the country, then you have been deemed to have caused a very serious offence which could lead to severe consequences. Drug cases can often be complicated as certain factors must be taken into account – most likely in Court – to deter the overall seriousness of the situation. At Cartwright King, we acknowledge that in terms of drug crime, smuggling is arguably the most serious and therefore acknowledge your right for legal representation. If you have been accused of being involved with drug trafficking, it is in your best interests to attain expert legal advice at your earliest convenience. We are available to support you through the entire legal process and represent you in court if necessary.    

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Everyone has the right to free legal advice when at the Police Station. Our experienced lawyers are available at any time of day or night to help you and make sure your position is protected and that your defence is properly presented. If you are arrested remember to tell the Police that you want to be represented by Cartwright King. Our highly skilled Criminal Defence team are here to take the worry off your hands. We can also provide an initial telephone consultation to see how we can assist in your case. Please contact us for a no obligation quote on 0808 168 5550 or email

Drug smuggling and the law

Drug trafficking can be defined as the controlled illegal movement of drugs from one country to another without paying any form of tax. It is often a crime that requires a great deal of planning and time as it involved the cultivation, production, distribution and sale of drugs – often across several geographical locations.

According to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, illegal drugs can be categorised into three groups of A, B and C with A being the most serious. The details of these groups and the drugs associated with them are shown below:   

Class A drugs – The most notable class A drugs include cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and morphine.

Class B drugs – The most notable class B drugs include cannabis, amphetamines (speed) and ketamine.

Class C drugs – The most notable class C drugs include steroids and tranquilisers.

If you secretly import or export drugs such as those mentioned above into another country, then this is drug trafficking and you are committing a serious crime. The seriousness is such that if you are charged with this offence, the sentencing will be passed by the Crown Court who may be assisted by investigatory bodies such as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

What sentence could you face?

ClassMaximum SentenceSentence Range
ALife imprisonment3 years 6 months’ – 16 years’ custody
B14 years’ custody and/or unlimited fine12 weeks’ – 10 years’ custody
C14 years’ custody and/or unlimited fine8 years’ custody

If you have been charged with drug trafficking, it is essential that you seek expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity. Our Criminal Defence Solicitors are available to assist in your case from the onset and are available to advise you throughout the legal proceedings and represent you in court. Additionally, if there are genuine grounds for an appeal they will work with you to make a strong argument for your case.

How can we help you?

If you have been accused of drug smuggling, our experienced Criminal Defence Solicitors are available to advise you throughout the entire process and build a strong case for your defence. We promise to:

  • Advise you throughout the entire process
  • Seek legal aid for you subject to your finances
  • Deal confidentially with any concerns you may have
  • Represent you in interview under caution by the Police 
  • Prepare and collate any and all documentary evidence that may be required
  • Represent you in both Magistrates and Crown Court as necessary
  • Take the worry off your hands
  • Argue your case
  • Prepare an appeal if necessary

Our team are highly ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners guides. We have extensive experience in successfully defending people who have been accused of activity in relation to drug trafficking.

Why Choose Us?

At Cartwright King, our solicitors understand the stress and worry that being accused of drug trafficking can cause as it can lead to serious consequences for you and your future. We are available to support you throughout the entire process, explaining the likely outcomes and fighting on your behalf. 

How to make contact

If you require legal advice or if you would like a no obligation, free initial telephone discussion, then please call us on 0808 168 5550. Alternatively you can email the Criminal Defence team on and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Our Criminal Defence Solicitors can provide advice and are happy to meet at a time and location that suits you. We also have a network of offices in BirminghamBedfordDerbyLeedsLeicesterLondon TempleManchesterMiddlesbroughNorthamptonNottinghamSheffield and Worcester.

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