Leicester mum jailed for gun and drugs in kitchen cupboard – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2017 in drug offences, imprisonment, news, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘A mother who kept a gun and drugs in her kitchen cupboard has been jailed for eight years.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2017

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Two Manchester Spice dealers jailed – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2017 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men caught with “thousands of pounds” worth of the former legal high Spice have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 1st June 2017

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Murderers and rapists could have convictions quashed after police reveal thousands of forensics tests may have been compromised – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of convicted criminals, including some murderers and rapists, could have their convictions quashed after police admitted thousands of forensic tests may have been tampered with.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2017

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University lecturer jailed after using bitcoins to buy drugs over ‘dark web’ that led to friend’s death – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 6th, 2017 in drug offences, internet, news, sentencing, teachers, universities by tracey

‘A university lecturer has been jailed after buying a cocktail of drugs over the “dark web” that led to the death of his friend.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th April 2017

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Drugs seized 30 times a day in prisons, according to new data – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2017 in drug offences, Ministry of Justice, news, prisons, statistics by sally

‘Drugs were seized almost 30 times a day in prisons in England and Wales last year with the weight of the illegal substances confiscated reaching 225kg. The figures come from new government analysis documenting the epidemic of drugs being smuggled into the penal network.’

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The Guardian, 5th March 2017

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First case dropped since forensic science blunders as CPS says it cannot proceed against drug driver following intervention from ‘Mr Loophole’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 23rd, 2017 in Crown Prosecution Service, drug offences, evidence, forensic science, news by sally

‘The first case linked to allegations of a forensic science blunder has been dropped after the CPS said it cannot proceed against a drug driver.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2017

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Rogue forensic workers feared to have doctored the results of 500 lab tests – throwing hundreds of court cases into doubt – Daily Telegraph

‘Almost 500 criminal investigations are being reviewed after test results at a forensics lab were allegedly tampered with by two “rogue” scientists.’

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Daily Telegraph, February 2017

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Cancer sufferer jailed for 11 years after starting up ‘Breaking Bad’ drugs enterprise – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2017 in conspiracy, drug offences, drug trafficking, families, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A former banker, who began supplying crystal meth after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, has been condemned to die in prison after being sentenced to 11-years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2017

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Criminals fleeing British justice can no longer use Cyprus as a safe haven, judges rule, in landmark decision – Daily Telegraph

‘Fugitives from British justice cannot use Northern Cyprus to dodge punishment for their crimes, High Court judges have ruled in a landmark decision.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd February 2017

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Is the ‘legal highs’ ban working? – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2017 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

‘It is eight months since the British government banned the drugs that were known as “legal highs”.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2017

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Government takes action on county line drug gangs – Home Office

‘The Home Secretary announces plans to crack down on ‘deal-lines’ used by county line drugs gangs.’

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Home Office, 22nd January 2017

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Psychoactive substances ban 6 months on: almost 500 arrests and first convictions – Home Office

Posted January 4th, 2017 in drug offences, press releases, prosecutions, statistics by tracey

‘Nearly 500 people have been arrested since the government’s landmark Psychoactive Substances Act came into force 6 months ago.’

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Home Office, 29th December 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Sentencing Council publishes drug driving guidance – Sentencing Council

Posted November 24th, 2016 in drug offences, news, road traffic offences, sentencing by tracey

‘Today the Sentencing Council is launching guidance for sentencing cases of “drug driving”. The guidance is to assist those sentencing offences of driving, attempting to drive or being in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of a specified controlled drug in the body above the specified limit (Section 5A Road Traffic Act 1988).’

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Sentencing Council, 17th November 2016

Source: http://sentencingcouncil.judiciary.gov.uk

Stephen Port: Serial killer guilty of murdering four men – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2016 in drug offences, homosexuality, murder, news, poisoning, rape, recidivists by tracey

‘A serial killer has been found guilty of murdering four young men by poisoning them with lethal doses of a date rape drug.
Stephen Port, 41, lured his victims to his London flat and secretly gave them GHB, the Old Bailey heard. Scotland Yard believes there could be more victims and is reviewing 58 deaths in London spanning four years involving the drug.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2016

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It’s time to decriminalize drugs, commission report says – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news, reports, United Nations by sally

‘World leaders called for the decriminalization of drugs on Monday, in a report released by a commission that includes the former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan and former presidents of Colombia, Mexico and Brazil.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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Legalisation of cannabis ‘only solution to crime and addiction problems’ – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2016 in drug abuse, drug offences, news by sally

‘Report by Adam Smith Institute says UK’s drug strategy ‘has failed in its core aims’ and urges government to legalise cannabis.’

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The Guardian, 21st November 2016

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How the UK’s drug laws have created an underground medical marijuana scene – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2016 in crime, drug offences, drug trafficking, health, medicines, news by sally

‘The UK’s underground medical marijuana scene, where dealers give away tens of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis in order to offer relief to those in physical pain, has been exposed in a new documentary.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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BMJ medical journal calls for legalisation of drugs – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2016 in crime, doctors, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news by tracey

‘The British Medical Journal has called for the legalisation of illicit drugs for the first time.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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Drug dependence: treatment over incarceration – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted October 19th, 2016 in crime, drug abuse, drug offences, health, news, rehabilitation by sally

‘Drug dependence has significant direct and indirect costs to society beyond the impact on individuals. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction estimates that in 2010 alone, between €3.7b to 5.9b of public money was spent on drug-law offenders in prisons in Europe. This figure does not include the cost of criminal justice responses to drug-using offenders who have been convicted of other crimes that may have been motivated in part by drug-dependency.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 18th October 2016

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Home Office fails to deport foreign drug dealer who has lived in UK for more than 20 years – The Independent

Posted October 6th, 2016 in appeals, deportation, drug offences, human rights, news by tracey

‘A convicted drug dealer who turned his life around to become a “diligent student” will not be deported to Sierra Leone after two law lords ruled he would be incapable of settling in his home country.’

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The Independent, 5th October 2016

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