Operation Atlanta and Operation Ridion

These two operations were both significant allegations of conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs, both cocaine and heroin.

The case was prosecuted by a regional police Special Operations Unit and concerned the nationwide distribution and supply of drugs by a large number of people over a two-year period.

Like most conspiracies the evidence consisted of telephone traffic, mobile cellsite, and extensive surveillance and probe recording evidence.

This was a case which we successfully took to appeal. Three judges of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) agreed with us that the sentence imposed by the Judge had been wrong, and that the Judge had failed to properly consider the principle that regard must be had to the totality of the sentence. As a result our client’s sentence was reduced by 18 months.