Kingpin of North Wales drugs gangs sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted March 5th, 2019 in drug offences, drug trafficking, gangs, press releases, sentencing by tracey

‘The boss of a multi-million pound class A drug-smuggling operation, has been sentenced to ten years’ imprisonment.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 1st March 2019

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Tommy Robinson supporter and convicted rapist jailed for threatening Sajid Javid on Facebook – The Independent

‘A Tommy Robinson supporter and convicted rapist has been jailed for 28 days for posting threatening and abusive comments about home secretary Sajid Javid.’

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The Independent, 5th March 2019

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Addict solicitor struck off after hiding cocaine offences – Legal Futures

‘An experienced solicitor has been struck off after accepting a caution for possession of banned drugs, failing to report the conviction to the regulator, and misleading police.’

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Legal Futures, 4th March 2019

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Bestival death: Ceon Broughton jailed for manslaughter – BBC News

‘A man who gave his girlfriend drugs at a festival and filmed her as she died has been jailed for her manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 1st March 2019

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Abolishing short prison sentences will let ‘thousands of hardened criminals avoid jail’, report claims – The Independent

‘Ministers’ calls for short prison sentences to be abolished would see thousands of hardened criminals avoid jail, a report has claimed.’

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The Independent, 25th February 2019

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London firm cultivating groundbreaking cannabis law practice – Legal Futures

Posted February 18th, 2019 in drug offences, law firms, medicines, news by sally

‘A London law firm is building what it says is the country’s first dedicated cannabis law practice as it looks to take the lead in a fast-growing market.’

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Legal Futures, 18th February 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Professor Dame Carol Black announced as independent reviewer of drugs – Home Office

Posted February 11th, 2019 in drug offences, press releases, violence by tracey

‘Today (Friday 8 February), the Home Secretary has appointed Professor Dame Carol Black to lead a major review that will look into the ways in which drugs are fuelling serious violence.’

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Home Office, 8th February 2019

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

No order for costs following withdrawn forfeiture application – UK Police Law Blog

Posted January 28th, 2019 in appeals, costs, drug offences, forfeiture, news, police, proceeds of crime by sally

‘In Bennett v Chief Constable of Merseyside [2018] EWHC 3591 (Admin), the High Court confirmed that a district judge was correct to make no order for costs against the police after it withdrew its Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (‘POCA’) s.298 application for cash forfeiture. In considering the decision of the district judge, the High Court reaffirmed three points: the starting point is that no order for costs should be made provided that the public authority has acted reasonably and properly; in determining whether the police acted reasonably and properly, the court should scrutinise the behaviour of the police with care; and it may be justifiable to award costs against the police, particularly where the successful private party would suffer substantial hardship if no order for costs were made in their favour.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 27th January 2019

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Housing association defeats defence against eviction based on ‘cuckooing’ – Local Government Lawyer

‘The public sector equality duty should be considered in cases of ‘cuckooing’ where a vulnerable resident’s home is taken over by others as a base for drug consumption and dealing, the High Court has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th January 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Laughing gas laws not working, says ex-chief crown prosecutor – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2018 in drug offences, news, sale of goods by sally

‘The law governing the sale of nitrous oxide, widely known as laughing gas, is simply not working, a former senior prosecutor has said.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2018

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Stephen Lawrence murder suspect claimed his notoriety meant he was unable to focus on drugs trial, court hears – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 7th, 2018 in conspiracy, drug offences, drug trafficking, murder, news, racism, sentencing by tracey

‘A man named as a suspect in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence has been sentenced to nine years in prison for his part in a multi-million drugs plot, despite attempts by his defence counsel to use the controversy surrounding the killing as grounds for leniency.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2018

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More than 40 drug driving convictions overturned in probe over ‘data manipulation’ at forensics lab – The Independent

‘More than 40 drug driving prosecutions have so far been quashed over the manipulation of data at a forensics laboratory charged with testing samples from across the UK.’

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The Independent, 6th December 2018

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Review of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 – Home Office

‘This review sought to measure changes in outcomes before and after the implementation of the Act, to provide an indication of whether its aims are being achieved.’

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Home Office, 19th November 2018

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

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

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

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

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

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

Source: www.bbc.co.uk