Drugs

Durham Constabulary work in partnership to tackle drugs issues. Police officers are involved in a range of operations and activities with partner agencies to tackle the criminal activity involving drugs.

The following section gives information on the main offences associated with drugs, the class system, and information on the types of drugs including their effects and where you can get help with addiction:

Main Offences:

  • Possession - This means being caught with an illegal drug for your own use
  • Possession with intent to supply drugs - If you had an intention of dealing (which can include giving and sharing drugs) you may be charged with this more serious offence
  • Supply of a controlled drug 
  • Production or manufacture of a controlled drug.

 

A class system of A B and C groupings are used to categorise illegal drugs in the UK, these are separated in relation to the risk they pose:

​Class ​Penalty for possession ​Penalty for dealing
Class A Up to seven years in prison or an unlimited fine or both ​Up to life in prison or an unlimited fine or both​
Class B​ Up to five years in prison or an unlimited fine or both ​ Up to 14 years in prison or an unlimited fine or both​
Class C​ Up to two years in prison or an unlimited fine or both​ Up to 14 years in prison or an unlimited fine or both​