Supply Controlled Drug To Child For Selling
In ACT, it is an offence to supply a controlled drug to a child or possess a controlled drug with the intention of supplying it to a child. This is a very serious offence, carrying a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment if the quantity is less than a commercial quantity. Where a commercial quantity is involved, the maximum penalty, rises to life imprisonment depending on the quantity of the drug supplied.
The Offence Of Supplying Controlled Drug To Child For Selling
Section 622 of the Criminal Code 2002 outlines that a person commits an offence if they:
- supply a commercial quantity of a controlled drug to a child; or
- possess a commercial quantity of a controlled drug with the intention of supplying any of the drug to a child;
- and the person does so believing that the child intends to sell any of the drug.
If it is proved that the defendant:
- supplied a trafficable quantity of a controlled drug to a child; or
- possessed a trafficable quantity of a controlled drug with the intention of supplying any of it to a child;
it is presumed, unless the contrary is proved, that the defendant had the belief about the sale of the drug by the child required for the offence.
What actions might constitute Supplying a Controlled Drug to a Child for Selling?
- Giving a 17-year-old enough ecstasy tablets to be a trafficable quantity, ie more than 10 grams, as defined in the Criminal Code Regulations 2019 believing that the teenager was to sell them at a music festival.
- Giving a 15-year-old cannabis to give to their friends in exchange for money.
What the police must prove
In order to a person to be found guilty of this offence the police must prove that:
the person either:
- supplied a drug to a child. “Supply” includes “sell”, “give” and “share” but does not include “administer”; or
- possessed a drug with the intention of suppling it to a child; or
- the person knew or believed that the child would sell the drug.
- what was supplied or possessed was a controlled drug which is proven with analytical certificates to this effect;
- the drug was of a commercial or trafficable quantity, depending on the specific charge.
The possible ways to defend the charge include:
- maintaining your innocence if you did not commit the act alleged;
- arguing that you did not supply a drug;
- arguing that you did not posses the drug with the intention of supplying it to a child;
- arguing that the drug was not in the quantity alleged;
- arguing that you did not have the requisite intent;
- arguing that the person supplied was not a child;
- arguing that you did not believe the child intended to sell any of the drug;
- arguing that you considered whether the person was a child and had no reasonable grounds to believe that he or she was a child;
Which court will hear your matter?
The offences are strictly indictable matters and will be finalised in the ACT Supreme Court.
Some less serious versions of the charges carry 10-year and five-year maximum sentences and can be heard in either the Supreme Court or the ACT Magistrates Court, where the maximum that can be imposed on any individual charge is a fine of $15,000, imprisonment for 5 years or both.
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