Prison officer jailed for smuggling £10,000 of drugs – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2018 in drug offences, news, prison officers, sentencing by tracey

‘A prison officer who smuggled in £10,000 of drugs has been jailed for six-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2018

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Drug dealer jailed for trafficking vulnerable children in ‘county lines’ operation – The Independent

‘A man who trafficked three children, including a 14-year-old girl, to use as drug dealers in a “county lines” ring has been jailed for 14 years in a landmark prosecution.’

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The Independent, 4th October 2018

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Friend of student who died after taking MDMA could go to jail for supplying drugs – The Guardian

Posted September 19th, 2018 in drug offences, inquests, news by sally

‘The friend of a student who died after taking ecstasy as she celebrated finishing university has been told she could receive a custodial sentence for supplying controlled drugs.’

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The Guardian, 18th September 2018

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Dealer of toxic diet pills that killed student guilty of manslaughter – The Guardian

Posted June 28th, 2018 in drug offences, food, homicide, mental health, money laundering, news by sally

‘An online steroid dealer who sold toxic slimming pills that killed a bulimic student has been found guilty of manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 27th June 2018

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Sentencing of drug offences involving newer and less common drugs – Sentencing Council

Posted June 27th, 2018 in drug offences, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘Since publication of the Drug Offences guideline in 2012, there has been an increase in the number of cases before the courts involving newer drugs, such as synthetic opioids, which may have much higher potency and potential to cause harm than more common drugs. In addition, some new offences have been created, for example, those in the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016. We have therefore published guidance on the sentencing of offences involving newer and less common drugs, in particular covering how to assess the harm caused.’

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Sentencing Council, 25th June 2018

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Home Office launches review into medical use of cannabis – Home Office

Posted June 21st, 2018 in drug offences, licensing, medical treatment, medicines, press releases by tracey

‘The Home Secretary today announced a review into the scheduling of cannabis for medicinal purposes.’

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Home Office, 19th June 2018

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Legalising cannabis: What you need to know – BBC News

Posted June 20th, 2018 in drug offences, medicines, news by sally

‘The government has said it will review the use of medicinal cannabis, although recreational usage will still be illegal.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2018

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Drug offences: Assessment of guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted June 5th, 2018 in drug offences, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has published its assessments of the impact of its drug offences guideline on sentencing trends, under its statutory duty to monitor the operation and effect of its sentencing guidelines and to draw conclusions from this information.’

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Sentencing Council, 1st June 2018

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Drug dealer has confiscation order increased nine years after conviction – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A drug dealer has had his confiscation order increased by £1.8million almost a decade after his original conviction following an application by the Crown Prosecution Service.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 4th May 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Computer hacker who stole customers’ data from hundreds of top companies facing jail – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 3rd, 2018 in computer crime, conspiracy, drug offences, fraud, news by tracey

‘A computer hacker who stole customers’ data from more than 100 companies worldwide before selling the information to criminals on the dark web is facing years in jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd May 2018

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Police officer who stole drugs ordered to repay £135,000 – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A police officer who stole and sold the illegal drugs he was meant to dispose of has been ordered to pay back more than £135,000.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 24th April 2018

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Drugs gang leader jailed over £2m Manchester cocaine ring – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2018 in conspiracy, drug offences, drug trafficking, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘The leader of a drugs gang that ran a cocaine supply ring worth more than £2m has been jailed for nine years.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2018

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Home Secretary to launch Serious Violence Strategy – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd today sets out a multi-million pound commitment to steering young people away from crime and tackling violent drug-dealing gangs.’

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Home Office, 9th April 2018

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Stop and search harms fight against knife crime, Met officer says – The Guardian

Posted March 14th, 2018 in drug offences, London, news, offensive weapons, police, stop and search by sally

‘Stop and search for suspected minor drug crimes such as cannabis possession is hampering the Metropolitan police’s ability to tackle London’s knife crime epidemic by souring relationships with the public, the chair of the Metropolitan Black Police Association has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Government rules out granting medical cannabis licence to boy, 6, with ‘death sentence’ epilepsy condition – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 19th, 2018 in children, drug offences, health, licensing, news by sally

‘The government has ruled out issuing a medical cannabis licence to a six-year-old boy whose rare form of epilepsy improved after taking the drug abroad.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th February 2018

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Legal rights are not all right: when morality and the law collide – OUP Blog

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in counterfeiting, drug offences, homosexuality, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘In early November 2017, media outlets hailed the Paradise Papers as a major scoop: 13.4 million leaked documents revealed the financial details of some of the world’s leading brands, politicians, sports stars, and musicians. But this was to be no repeat of last year’s Panama Papers, in which well-known names appeared relating to criminal acts like “corruption,” “tax evasion,” and “money laundering”; the Paradise Papers failed to reveal a single crime.’

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OUP Blog, 31st January 2018

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Megan Bannister: Men discovered with dead schoolgirl in car jailed and branded ‘callous and morally repugnant’ by judge – The Independent

Posted November 30th, 2017 in careless driving, drug abuse, drug offences, homicide, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Two men have been jailed for what a judge called the “callous and morally repugnant” roles they played in supplying a schoolgirl with MDMA shortly before her death.’

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The Independent, 30th November 2017

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Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 – Sentencing Guidance – Drystone Chambers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in drug abuse, drug offences, legislation, news, sentencing by sally

‘The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 (“PSA”) came into force on 26th May 2016. This article aims to give an outline of the PSA and an analysis of sentencing practice under the statute.’

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Drystone Chambers, 3rd November 2017

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Drug-driving cases dropped over forensics – BBC News

‘Around 50 drug-driving prosecutions have been dropped because original test results may have been “manipulated”.’

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BBC News, 21st November 2017

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Drug addicts selling heroin to feed their habit ‘will not face prosecution’, Durham Police chief says – The Independent

Posted November 20th, 2017 in drug offences, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘Drug addicts who sell heroin to other users will not face prosecution under a new scheme, a police chief has said. Durham Police Chief Constable Mike Barton said those found in possession of drugs, including class A narcotics cocaine and heroin, would not go before a court if they agreed to go on a four-month programme.’

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The Independent, 19th November 2017

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