Truro Crown Court drug supply success
Our client, a woman of good character, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and cocaine, and four counts of offering to supply cannabis and cocaine.
After careful consideration of the prosecution evidence including a large number of text messages relating to the supply of drugs, our client decided to plead guilty on the basis that she was supplying cannabis and cocaine to a close group of friends, and that she was not seeking to expand her customer base. The prosecution were persuaded to drop a more serious charge of concealing criminal property.
The prosecution submitted that this was a ‘category 3, significant role’ offence within the sentencing guidelines, with a starting point of 4 years and 6 months’ imprisonment. We collated various character references from our client’s family and friends, which included information about the fact that our client was the primary carer for her children and her elderly mother. We also obtained medical evidence to show that our client was suffering from anxiety and depression at the time of the offending, and documents from her new job to show that she had turned her life around since the offending took place.
Our client received a suspended sentence with an unpaid work requirement. Two years’ imprisonment was suspended for two years, well below the figure submitted by the prosecution, with the added success that our client kept her liberty and was able to continue caring for her children.
Amy Cox and Milly Blunt prepared the case for trial, and Edward Bailey of Devon Chambers was instructed.