Possession of a controlled drug

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, s.5(2)
Effective from: 27 February 2012

Triable either way

Class A

Maximum: 7 years’ custody

Offence range: Fine – 51 weeks’ custody

Class B

Maximum: 5 years’ custody

Offence range: Discharge – 26 weeks’ custody

Class C

Maximum: 2 years’ custody

Offence range: Discharge – Community order

User guide for this offence


Step 1 – Determining the offence category

The court should identify the offence category based on the class of drug involved.

Category 1 Class A drug
Category 2 Class B drug
Category 3 Class C drug