Narita Bahra QC and Harry Bentley secure acquittals for defendant dubbed “The Master Mind” in three multi handed drugs conspiracies involving encrypted telephones.
The prosecution alleged the client was the leading figure in three separate drugs conspiracies; arranging the exportation, production and supply of Class A, B and C drugs through prestigious universities. The Crown alleged that the drugs were supplied in UK universities and flown out of the UK in private jets for young high net worth purchasers. Recent studies suggest that young people and students in affluent communities are at greater risk of substance abuse; the cause of which being the enormous pressure to achieve academically.
The co-defendants were tried in 2018 and then adjourned to 2019. Narita and Harry secured acquittals for a co-defendant (dubbed second in command) in the earlier trial. Please read more here.
The police obtained search warrants for all the client’s properties and businesses. They were unable to locate the client at the time of the original two trials. The client voluntarily attended the police station in 2020. He was arrested and charged.
The Crown sought to rely on a combination of encrypted telephones, cell site, digital media, telephone and DNA evidence to secure a conviction against the client.
After extensive preparation and representations by the defence team, the prosecution conceded the written dismissal application and agreed to Offer No Evidence against their client. Not Guilty verdicts were entered on all counts relating to the client.
Instructed by Sunpritha Jutlla, Garrick Law.