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Acquittal for Importation of Class A Drugs

By Rachel Hobba  |  08.09.2021

Our client was a Dutch national extradited to the UK and formally charged with importing class A drugs valued at approximately 1 million pounds.

In 2014 a lorry was stopped at the at the Channel tunnel, searched and found to contain the drugs. The co-defendant was driving that lorry. Our client was the owner of the haulage company that employed the driver and rented the lorry.

The evidence mainly consisted of messages between the driver, our client and another who was never identified. The crown’s case was that these messages were indicative of the importation of drugs. Our client denied playing any part in the offence. He stated he had no knowledge that drugs had been placed into the vehicle at any time.

After 35 minutes the jury at Canterbury Crown Court unanimously found our client not guilty.

This case was prepared by Rachael Hobba. Counsel was Dominic Thomas of 25 Bedford Row.

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