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Prison and Drug Detection

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It has recently been announced that drug detection scanner technology will be used to detect drugs at ten of the most challenging prisons. These scanners will be able to detect drugs on paper, clothes and mail. Furthermore, it will be able to detect otherwise invisible traces of substances that have been soaked into letters or clothes in an attempt to bypass normal security.

The introduction of these scanners is the latest stage of a project which has already been implemented; which includes sniffer dogs and extra searching of staff.

The prisons in question are Nottingham, Ranby, Humber, Hull, Lindholme, Leeds, Moorland, Wealstun, Isis and Wormwood Scrubs.

What criminal offences could result?

It is a serious offence to bring, throw or otherwise convey (by post for example) any “List A” article into or out of prison. All controlled drugs are List A articles, and whilst it is an offence to take other items into prison, this article is concerned with drugs.

What sentence can be imposed?

This offence is one that is so serious it can only be dealt with at the Crown Court, and custodial sentences are usually imposed, even for offenders of previous good character.

How can we help?

At Emery Johnson Astills our specialist advocates in our Criminal Defence Team are highly experienced in dealing with drugs offences at both the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. If you find yourself facing any drugs offence it is vital to contact a solicitor as soon as possible to obtain expert legal advice. Representation at the police station is free, and legal aid may be available for your case at the Magistrates’ and Crown Court. For offences which do not qualify for legal aid, we offer fixed fees for appointments and representation. To discuss any drugs offences please contact our Criminal Defence Team at Emery Johnson Astills in Leicester on 0116 2554855 or in Loughborough on 01509 610312.