R (on the application of Fitzroy George) (Respondent) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) – Supreme Court

R (on the application of Fitzroy George) (Respondent) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Appellant) [2014] UKSC 28 (YouTube)

Supreme Court, 14th May 2014

Source: www.youtube.com/user/UKSupremeCourt

What can we learn from drug courts? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Why were drug courts set up?

The introduction of drug courts in the UK has followed a slightly different trajectory to other jurisdictions, where drug courts filled an important gap in the range of community-based sanctions available to the courts to deal with drug-related crime.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 13th May 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Drug driving limits announced – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 28th, 2014 in drug abuse, drug offences, news, road traffic offences by sally

‘Legal limits to prevent drug driving have been set out for the first time by ministers in new laws which will come into force this autumn’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th March 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Teen jailed after he got lethal arsenal delivered to family home – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 17th, 2014 in drug offences, firearms, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager who bought a machine gun online and had it delivered to his family home, along with hundreds of rounds of ammunition and nunchucks, has been jailed for six years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th March 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Elsayed – WLR Daily

Posted March 14th, 2014 in confiscation, drug offences, law reports, proceeds of crime by tracey

Regina v Elsayed; [2014] EWCA Crim 333;  [2014] WLR (D)  125

‘For the purposes of confiscation proceedings the market value of drugs might vary depending for example on the time at which the drugs were obtained or the capacity or role of the person obtaining them and a judge was entitled to make findings of fact as to what a defendant would do with those drugs, ie sell them as a dealer at street level. Such findings of fact necessarily bore on the value of the property obtained by the defendant.’

WLR Daily, 4th March 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Regina v Dang (Manh Toan) and others – WLR Daily

Posted March 12th, 2014 in appeals, conspiracy, drug offences, law reports, sentencing by tracey

Regina v Dang (Manh Toan) and others; [2014] EWCA Crim 348;   [2014] WLR (D)  118

‘For a defendant to be guilty of conspiring, contrary to the section 1 of the Criminal Law Act 1977, “to be concerned” in the production of a controlled drug, contrary to section 4(1)(b) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, by supplying equipment to assist others to produce the drug, he had to share in the drug producer’s purpose and had to lend his assistance for that purpose. A generalised awareness that the equipment might be used for the unlawful purpose would not suffice.’

WLR Daily, 7th March 2014

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Jahmel Jones shooting: Lecturer Rachel Kenehan jailed for helping murderers – BBC News

‘A university lecturer who helped her boyfriend and two others escape after they shot dead a rival drug dealer has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Prison officer Julie Turton jailed over sex and drugs – BBC News

‘A prison officer who had sex with an inmate and supplied drugs to prisoners at HMP Birmingham has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 3rd March 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

DPP Alison Saunders announces plan to seize more criminal assets hidden abroad – BBC News

‘The director of public prosecutions for England and Wales has unveiled a new drive to clamp down on criminals hiding their assets abroad.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2014

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Tranquilliser ketamine will be upgraded to Class B – The Independent

Posted February 13th, 2014 in drug abuse, drug offences, medicines, news by sally

‘Ketamine, the horse tranquiliser that has become a popular party drug, is to be upgraded from a class C to a class B banned substance by the Government in an attempt to deter its increasing use.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2014

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Disclosure costs force CPS to drop drugs case – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence in a case of alleged conspiracy to supply class A drugs after the judge refused a prosecution application to adduce new evidence on the second day of the trial.’

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Law Society’s Gazette. 14th January 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Drug-dealing father of 22 spared jail to care for son – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 10th, 2014 in drug offences, families, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘Drug-dealing father who has 22 children with 11 women has sentence suspended after judge ruled he needed to help his girlfriend look after their seven-month-old baby.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th January 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

‘Legal highs’ review launched – BBC News

Posted December 12th, 2013 in drug abuse, drug offences, health, news by sally

‘A new review of “legal highs” could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office has said.’

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BBC News, 12th December 2013

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Treasury inquiry announced into Co-op Bank turmoil as Paul Flowers bailed – The Independent

Posted November 25th, 2013 in banking, drug offences, inquiries, news by tracey

‘An independent Treasury inquiry into the turmoil at the Co-operative Bank, including the appointment of Paul Flowers as its chairman, was announced tonight by Chancellor George Osborne.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2013

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Court of Appeal refuses anonymity for offender – UK Human Rights Blog

“Only ‘clear and cogent evidence’ that it was strictly necessary to keep an offender’s identity confidential would lead a court to derogate from the principle of open justice. The possibility of a media campaign that might affect the offender’s resettlement could not work as a justification for banning reporting about that offender, even though a prominent and inaccurate report about him had already led to harassment of his family.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th October 2013

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Drug baron told to pay £185m – or face a further 10 years in jail – The Guardian

Posted October 21st, 2013 in assets recovery, drug offences, drug trafficking, homicide, news, sentencing by sally

“One of Britain’s most notorious drug smugglers has been told to pay £185m – or face another 10 years in jail. Curtis Warren, the only drug dealer to make it on to the Sunday Times Rich List, faces trial this week in Jersey where he was jailed in 2007 over a £1m cannabis-smuggling plot.”

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The Guardian, 20th October 2013

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Pensioner handed jail sentence for selling crack cocaine – The Independent

Posted October 16th, 2013 in ASBOs, drug offences, elderly, news, sentencing by sally

“A ‘flamboyantly’ dressed pensioner who would leave his sheltered housing to sell crack cocaine in Soho, London has been jailed.”

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The Independent, 15th October 2013

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Analysis: HMP Oakwood report – BBC News

Posted October 9th, 2013 in budgets, drug offences, health & safety, news, prisons, rehabilitation, reports, standards by sally

“The official website for HMP Oakwood says that it wants to ‘inspire, motivate and guide prisoners to become the best they can be.'”

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BBC News, 8th October 2013

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A cautionary tale – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced a ‘radical’ overhaul of simple cautions whereby their use will be banned in dealing with all indictable-only offences – ie serious offences such as robbery and serious assault that can only be tried in a Crown Court before a jury –and possession of any offensive weapon (including a knife), supplying Class A drugs and a range of sexual offences against children, including child prostitution and pornography.”

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 4th October 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Chris Grayling: Simple cautions for serious offences to be scrapped – Ministry of Justice

“Criminals who commit serious offences will no longer receive just a ‘slap on the wrist’ Secretary of State for Justice Chris Grayling announced today in a radical overhaul of ‘simple’ cautions.”

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Ministry of Justice, 30th September 2013

Source: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice