Not Guilty  Verdict in County Lines Cocaine and Heroin Conspiracy.  


This case is about a sophisticated high value  conspiracy to supply heroin and crack cocaine. Our client was alleged to be involved in a ‘county lines’ operation to sell these class A drugs.

There were five defendants. The prosecution said our client played a leading role. They claimed he was  the main contact organising the supply  of drugs from London to East Anglia. He was accused of selling them in local towns.

Our client had been arrested  twice for possessing cocaine and heroin and the telephone evidence showed that he was selling them.


The telephone cell site, co-location and connection evidence showed:

  • The defendant had contact with the phones of other members of the conspiracy.
  • That he physically met the others for short periods. It was claimed that these meeting were for him to collect and then distribute the drugs.
  • His mobile was often in the same area as the “burner” mobile number, Thisa is a phone that customers called to arrange their supplies of heroin and cocaine.
  • There were text messages about drugs supply.


Our client had been arrested twice over a six-month period. On both occasions he was alleged to be in possession of a large quantity of class A drugs which was too much for personal use.


The defence case was that he was a drug user not a drug dealer. We carefully analysed the telephone evidence. We showed that the co-location and messages  were equally consistent with his personal use as his  dealing in drugs.

We presented strong  evidence of our client’s heavy drug use to explain the large quantities found on him. This also explained why he  would often be in situations where large amounts of drugs were present.

The prosecution case looked  strong and  the trial lasted over three months.  As  a result  of   careful preparation and strong advocacy the jury could not reach a verdict. We persuaded the court to give our client bail.


At his re-retrial, the prosecution presented DNA evidence which  linked our client to the drugs that had been found. We urgently instructed a defence expert.  We then made submissions that the evidence should not be allowed. This reduced the impact of the new evidence. The jury could still not  reach a verdict after a retrial lasting ten weeks.  The CPS do not try cases three times.  Our client was formally found not guilty.

These cases can carry heavy sentences as recent cases show.  So it is worth getting solicitors who have experience in this kind of work. You can see other similar cases here.

If you want advice about a serious drugs case call Gil on 020 8986 8336 or  email him.

Gil Spurling who specilaises in serious drugs cases.

Gil Spurling partner, a  criminal law and drugs case expert.

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