Illegal drugs are placed into one of three groups or classes - A, B or C. Class A are the most dangerous and include Heroin, Crack, Cocaine, Crystal Meth, LSD and Ecstasy. If you are found with class A drugs on you, you could get up to seven years in prison and up to a lifetime in prison if you are caught supplying or dealing in them.
Class B drugs include Cannabis, Amphetamines and Barbituates. If you are found with class B drugs on you, you could get up to five years in prison or a fine and up to 14 years if you are caught supplying or dealing in them.
Class C drugs include tranquillisers and anabolic steroids. If you are found with class C drugs on you, you could get up to two years in prison or a fine and up to 14 years if you are caught supplying or dealing in them.
Even if you get caught in possession of Cannabis for the first time you could still get a caution, resulting in a criminal record, which could lose you your job, stop you from getting a job, or a place at college or university and even stop you from going on holiday to some countries.
Advice and support
If you're tempted to use illegal drugs:
- Remember you don't know what's in your drugs, dealers often add things to drugs such as talcum powder, flour and other chemicals to "pad" them out.
- You know drink driving is illegal but did you know driving whilst high on drugs is also illegal. You can still be unfit to drive the day after taking drugs and the police can use roadside tests to check if you are high. If you are you will get a ban and a fine or could even go to prison.
- It's very easy to overdose on drugs as there is no such thing as a safe amount to take. Everyone reacts differently to drugs and the amount one persons body can cope with could be a fatal overdose to someone else.
Drug dealing and drug factories can destroy neighbourhoods. Possible signs of illegal drug dealing or growing to look out for include:
- Blacked out windows, heavy curtains taped down, window bars or extra deadlocks and bolts
- Strong and unusual smells
- Powerful lights on day and night
- Re-wiring of electricity wires and cables
- If you're a landlord you may notice a sudden increase or fall in electricity bills and peeling wallpaper and paint or mildew, caused by the humidity
- People coming and going all through the day and night but especially in the evenings and overnight
- Heavy traffic or people waiting in cars outside the property
- People exchanging small packets or cash or even visitors bring items such as T.V's, DVD's, bikes, cameras etc and leaving empty handed
How to report it
Call 101 to report any signs of drug dealing or growing.
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to make an anonymous report.