The Many Risks of Importing Drugs

May 21, 2018

Airports are obviously one of the most common locations for people seeking to smuggle drugs from one place to another, concealed either in their clothing, luggage or even in their bodies. People often attempt to transport these drugs for their suppliers in foreign jurisdictions, also referred to as a ‘mule’.  Why do people do this?  Often because they have been pressurised into doing so – but whether the quantity of drugs is large or small, it is a crime to commit this offence, and the consequences can be very serious and potentially life-changing.

People use many different methods to import drugs – for example transporting cocaine in a liquid form, swallowing substances or swallowing small containers with drugs hidden inside.  However all of these are detectable and carry a high risk of being caught, charged and sent to prison.

The sentencing f0r this offence will vary due to the factors in each situation, such as whether or not someone is pleading guilty or is found guilty. Also, the quantity and type of illegal substances discovered and also the specific role that a person played in the importation (ie; part of a gang or operating alone, under duress or not).  No matter how big or small the quantity of drugs imported, there is a high risk of a custodial sentence – and if the quantity of drugs involved is large, sentencing can be 10 years imprisonment or more.

How Tuckers Solicitors can advise you about the risks of importing drugs…

If you are arrested on suspicion of an offence relating to the importation of drugs, you should get legal advice as soon as possible.  If you would like to further discuss the risks of importing drugs and and the consequences, please contact us on our usual contact details.  We are always available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0845 200 3367 or