R v Karahassan and Others – National Crime Agency Drugs Case
In 2013, Mr. K was charged with conspiracy to supply a class A drug following an extensive undercover operation by the National Crime Agency in the UK and abroad. It was alleged that the drugs were being imported from Greece in the back of lorries that were bringing in fruit and vegetables destined for the London wholesale markets. A surveillance operation led to many raids at properties across the UK, resulting in the seizure of a substantial quantity of drugs and over £2 million in cash. At the Central Criminal Court in 2014, five of our client’s nine co-defendants pleaded guilty. Having made a successful application to sever our client’s case from the main trial, all three of the defendants who went on to be tried in 2014 were convicted and received lengthy sentences of between 15 and 20 years (the remaining co-defendant is to be tried later this year). Mr. K’s trial commenced in February 2015. Following a successful half time submission, which was unsuccessfully appealed by the Prosecution in the Court of Appeal, a formal not guilty verdict was formally entered into the Court record in March 2015. An extremely high-profile case that illustrates our role in defending those accused of major drugs related offences.
We instructed Sarah Forshaw QC and Charlotte Newell of 5 King’s Bench Walk.