What is drug production?

Drug production encompasses various activities involved in the creation of illegal drugs, including manufacturing, cultivating, or assisting in any part of the production process. This includes actions such as making the drug, growing plants used in drug production, or any other method involved in the production chain. It’s important to note that even allowing someone to use your property for the purpose of growing or manufacturing drugs can be considered participation in the production process. Therefore, individuals should exercise caution and awareness regarding any activities related to drug production, as they may be held liable under the law.

What are controlled drugs?

Controlled drugs are categorised into three classes based on the level of harm caused by their misuse. The possession, supply, or production of a drug falls into one of these classes, which in turn determines the severity of the offence.

Class A

Drugs are treated as the most dangerous and include cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms and crystal meth.

Class B

Drugs include codeine, ketamine, cannabis and ‘spice’.

Class C

Drugs include anabolic steroids, minor tranquilisers, GHB and khat.

What are the Sentencing Guidelines for Drug Production?

The severity of the sentence will primarily vary based on the class of drug involved and any previous convictions.

Up to 16 years and/or a fine for a Class A drugs offence.

Anything up to 10 years and/or a fine (cultivation of cannabis plants has been reduced to 8 years) for a Class B drugs offence.

Up to 8 years and/or a fine for a Class C offence.

The length of sentence will depend on a number of different criteria:

How close they are to the original source

Whether they were directing or organising the buying/selling on a commercial scale

How much influence they have over others in the chain

Expectation of financial gain

Using a business as cover

Abusing a position of trust or responsibility

What should you do if you’ve been charged for Drug Production?

If you or a family member are accused of a Drug related charge you should seek legal advice immediately. It is vital that you receive the best advice possible and provide as much detail of the facts of your case as you can to ensure the right result for you.