Our client is a 58-year-old lady who owns a tobacconist store in the CBD.
Police had previously seized synthetic drugs from her store, and had received further reports that synthetic cannabis was still being sold.
They obtained a warrant to search the premises and were able to locate various forms of synthetic cannabis, with an estimated value of $10,000.
Our client was then charged with ‘deemed supply’, which means that she was alleged to have more than the ‘traffickable’ quantity of drugs in her possession for the purpose of supply. A ‘deemed supply’ charge can be brought even if there is no evidence that the person actually supplied any drugs.
The laws relating to the sale of synthetic cannabis were changing at the time, and the act of supplying synthetic cannabis had only become an offence 10 days before our client was charged.
Our lawyers were able to persuade the prosecution to drop the charges on that basis, meaning that our client is spared the expense, stress and anxiety of having to fight the case in court.