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Cantaris Locke notable case list
R -v- H, Harrow Crown Court, Possession with Intent to Supply Class A Drugs, 2018
This case involved the seizure of 22 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of over 2 million pounds. The Defendant was accused of transporting the drugs in a vehicle. We listed the case for a dismissal application prior to Trial. The case against the Defendant was dropped and a not guilty verdict recorded.
R -v- K and Others, Basildon Crown Court, 2018
This was a highly sophisticated crime that involved a large-scale cannabis growing operation. Cannabis with a street value of approximately £1 million was seized from the premises. The Defendants were arrested on the premises whilst cultivating the plants. We were able to negotiate a lesser role in relation to their involvement to reduce their sentences significantly. The Prosecution sought confiscation from the defendants. We defended the application successfully and the confiscation proceedings were later withdrawn, resulting in the defendants not being liable for any payment.
R -v- R, Wood Green Crown Court, Conspiracy to Supply Class A Drugs, County Lines, 2018
The Defendant was accused of supplying Class A drugs in the Cambridgeshire area for a period of a year. This was a high profile ‘County lines’ drugs supply that involved an extensive Police Operation. The case relied on thousands of pages of phone evidence, surveillance and CCTV. The Prosecution sought to prove their case by co-locating the Defendant with the drug lines and co-defendants. We instructed a phone and cell site expert who created a comprehensive report that cast doubt on the reliability of the evidence. The Defendant was acquitted after a 4-week trial. He and one other were the only defendants out of 7 to be acquitted of the charges.
R -v- A, Snaresbrook Criminal Court, Importation of Cannabis, 2016
The Defendant was accused of conspiracy to import kilos of Cannabis from Africa. The evidence centred on an extensive police operation that involved vast amounts of telephone and internet data. The defendant was arrested by Undercover Police Officers once she had recieved the package of drugs. The Defence rested on her lack of knowledge regarding the content of the package. After representations on the first day of Trial the case against the Defendant was dismissed. She was the only Defendant in the conspiracy to be aquitted of the offence.
R -v- S, St Albans Crown Court, Conspiracy to Supply Class B Drug (Amphetamine), 2016
This was a conspiracy to supply over 25 kilograms of Amphetamine, involving 7 defendants. The evidence centred on an extensive police surveillance operation and involved significant telephone analysis and video footage.
Our client was accused of delivering a large consignment of drugs whilst under surveillance. The drugs were seized by the police immediately after they were delivered. We were able to demonstrate that the Defendant was not aware that what he was delivering was, in fact, drugs.
After a two week trial our client was the only defendant to be found not guilty.
R -v- L, Cardiff Crown Court, Conspiracy to Supply Cocaine, Class A drugs and Firearms, 2015
This case involved a lengthy police investigation with the aid of covert surveillance. The case proved to be one of Cardiff’s most high-profile drug cases in recent times and received significant media attention.
The Defendant was accused of conspiracy to supply cocaine with an estimated street value of over 3 million pounds. He was also found in possession of a loaded firearm.
The Defendant did not accept salient parts of the Prosecution case. We were able to dissect the vast amount of evidence in the case and agree a basis of plea which resulted in a significant reduction in sentence and favourable result for the client.
The Crown Prosecution Service sought to confiscate hundreds of thousands of pounds from the Defendant. After extensive representations and legal submissions it was agreed the Defendant would not pay have to pay anything.
R -v- H, Chelmsford Crown Court, Cultivation of Cannabis, 2015
The Defendant was accused of having a lead role in a sophisticated cannabis growing operation at his own premises where 360 cannabis plants were found.
We managed to agree a basis of plea with the Crown Prosecution Service which significantly limited the Defendant's role in the operation, to enable a reduction in his sentence.
The Crown Prosecution Service sought to confiscate approximately £70,000 from the Defendant. Due to our legal submissions and representations we managed to reduce the figure in the region of £5,000.