New powers to strengthen coastal security – Home Office

Posted May 27th, 2016 in customs and excise, drug trafficking, immigration, press releases by tracey

‘New powers to help target smugglers and prevent illegal entry come into force.’

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Home Office, 26th may 2016

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Cannabis arrests down 46% since 2010 – police figures – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2016 in drug offences, drug trafficking, news, police, statistics by sally

‘Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have dropped by 46% since 2010, figures obtained by BBC Breakfast suggest.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2016

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Regina v Brooks – WLR Daily

Regina v Brooks [2016] EWCA Crim 44

‘Following the seizure of a large consignment of cocaine by the Irish navy, the defendant was convicted in the United Kingdom of conspiracy to import drugs and sentenced to a term of imprisonment. In confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 the recorder ruled that the defendant had a criminal lifestyle for the purposes of section 75 of the 2002 Act. He assessed the defendant’s benefit as being a little over £3·6m, comprising the value of the drugs at just under £3m and a 50% interest in a Spanish property valued at £296,000, and held that the recoverable amount was the same as the benefit figure on the basis that, although the defendant’s identifiable assets amounted to just under £1,400, he had undisclosed assets which he had failed to show were less than his benefit. Accordingly, the recorder made a confiscation order in the sum of the benefit figure. The defendant appealed against the order on the grounds that the recorder had erred in (i) including the value of the drugs in the benefit figure on the basis that the defendant had purchased them or contributed to their purchase, when there was no evidence that the defendant had done so; (ii) including the value of the drugs in the recoverable amount, when they had been seized by the Irish authorities; and (iii) including the value of the property in the recoverable amount, when under Spanish law the defendant’s partner was the legal and equitable owner.’

WLR Daily, 10th March 2016

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Inside Wandsworth prison: drug drones and demoralised staff – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in aircraft, drug abuse, drug trafficking, news, prison officers, prisons, reports by sally

‘The Guardian has been granted unprecedented access to two prisons to see the impact of funding cuts. In the first of two reports, Amelia Gentleman finds broken windows and bored inmates at the UK’s most overcrowded jail.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2016

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Pilot ‘Biggles’ jailed over £33m cocaine smuggling ring – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2016 in aircraft, conspiracy, drug trafficking, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘A pilot nicknamed Biggles has been jailed for 19 years for smuggling £33.5m worth of cocaine into Britain.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2016

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Fake ambulance drug smugglers jailed for between 18 and 28 years – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2015 in drug offences, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘Three drug smugglers have been jailed for at least 18 years each for transporting as much as £1.6bn worth of cocaine and heroin into the UK using a fleet of fake ambulances.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2015

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Gatwick baggage handler jailed for drug smuggling – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2015 in airports, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘A baggage handler at Gatwick airport has been jailed with three others for smuggling drugs worth a total of £700,000 into Britain.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Gang convicted of smuggling £1.6bn of drugs into UK in fake ambulances – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2015 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, news by sally

‘Three drug smugglers have been convicted of transporting as much as £1.6bn worth of cocaine and heroin into the UK using a fleet of fake ambulances.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2015

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Two sentenced for plotting to bring up to three tonnes of cocaine to the streets of Europe – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted November 20th, 2015 in drug trafficking, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Anthony Dennis and Anthony Wilson were sentenced yesterday at the Old Bailey to over 25 years for a major drug smuggling operation.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th November 2015

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Man jailed after turning up in court dock with large amount of cocaine – The Guardian

Posted October 19th, 2015 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who was acquitted of conspiring to supply cocaine and heroin has been sentenced to 21 months in jail after he was found with a bag of cocaine on him while he sat in the dock.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2015

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Is taking drugs a human right? A cross-party group of MPs and peers think so – The Independent

‘Taking drugs is a human right, according to a cross-party group of MPs and peers who want to legalise the possession, purchase and growing of drugs.’

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The Independent, 19th August 2015

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Breaking Bad fan found guilty of ordering ricin delivery from FBI agent – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2015 in chemical weapons, drug trafficking, news, terrorism by sally

‘A Liverpool man has been found guilty of ordering a “Breaking Bad-style” delivery of enough ricin to kill 1,400 people from an undercover FBI agent.’

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The Guardian, 29th July 2015

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Cannabis growers should not face prosecution, says police chief who has stopped targeting ‘small-scale’ producers – The Independent

Posted July 22nd, 2015 in drug abuse, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, police by sally

‘Police throughout England and Wales are being urged to end the blanket criminal prosecution of all cannabis growers by a north-east police commissioner who says his force is already by-passing Home Office guidelines on cultivating the banned drug and no longer targets small-scale production.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2015

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‘Inept’ head of family drug-dealing gang sentenced to nine years in jail – The Guardian

Posted June 29th, 2015 in benefits, conspiracy, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘A couple who were part of a family-run multimillion-pound drugs ring spent £40,000 on their wedding and lived a lavish lifestyle while still claiming benefits, a court heard.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2015

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Woman who masterminded UK’s biggest illegal high racket jailed – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 8th, 2015 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘Paula White, who made £3.6 million from selling illegal highs, which led to one man’s death, has been jailed for nine years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th June 2015

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Leaders of Wrexham drugs gang each jailed for 10 years – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2015 in drug trafficking, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘Two men have each received 10-year jail terms for leading a gang supplying cocaine worth tens of thousands of pounds into the Wrexham area.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2015

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Gang leader who smuggled £5m of cocaine in children’s jigsaws jailed for 15 years – The Independent

Posted May 26th, 2015 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘The head of a drug smuggling gang, which hid £5 million-worth of cocaine in children’s presents, has been sentenced to 15 years in jail.’

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The Independent, 23rd May 2015

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Footballer jailed for Gloucestershire drugs gang role – BBC News

Posted May 5th, 2015 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘Six men, including a former Cardiff City and QPR footballer, have been jailed for conspiring to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.’

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BBC News, 1st May 2015

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Man, 70, jailed for skippering £200m cocaine plot yacht – BBC News

Posted April 27th, 2015 in drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘A 70-year-old man who skippered a yacht across the Atlantic in a calamity-riddled £200m cocaine smuggling operation has been jailed for 10 years.’

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BBC News, 24th April 2015

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‘Superman’ ecstasy supplier Adrian Lubecki jailed – BBC News

Posted March 13th, 2015 in drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘A man who supplied “Superman” ecstasy tablets linked to two deaths in Suffolk has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 12th March 2015

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