Jury still out in care home deaths trial – The Independent

Posted April 7th, 2010 in care homes, drug abuse, drug offences, murder, news by sally

“A jury will resume its deliberations today in the trial of a former care home manager accused of murdering two elderly residents.”

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The Independent, 7th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Damages award for rights breach drug dealer – The Independent

Posted April 6th, 2010 in bail, damages, drug offences, news by sally

“A convicted drug dealer was awarded £880 compensation by a European court which ruled her human rights were breached by a British judge.”

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The Independent, 2nd April 2010

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Legal warning over rush to impose ban on mephedrone – The Guardian

Posted March 31st, 2010 in drug offences, internet, news by sally

“Websites close down as Lib Dem MPs say decision could jeopardise future prosecutions of dealers.”

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The Guardian, 30th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Secretary bans Mephedrone – Home Office

Posted March 31st, 2010 in drug offences, press releases by sally

“Mephedrone and its related compounds are to be banned and made Class B drugs following recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced today.”

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Home Office, 30th March 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

The Big Question: Should legal-high drugs such as mephedrone now be made illegal? – The Independent

Posted March 18th, 2010 in drug offences, news by sally

“Why are we asking this now?

Two teenagers from Scunthorpe, Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, died on Monday, apparently after taking mephedrone. Police are investigating whether they were taking other drugs. Their deaths have focused attention on the perils of so called ‘legal highs’, chemical and herbal preparations sold on the high street and over the web which are claimed to have effects similar to illegal drugs of abuse but have not been specifically banned.”

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The Independent, 18th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Corrupt ex-Met Pc jailed for drugs for information deal – BBC News

“A former police officer has been jailed for three years for passing secret information to his wife and her drug dealer, in return for drugs and money.”

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BBC News, 12th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R v Hussain (Shabbir) – WLR Daily

Posted February 4th, 2010 in appeals, drug offences, law reports, medicines by sally

R v Hussain (Shabbir) [2010] WLR (D) 22

“A possessor of drugs did not commit an offence contrary to ss 4(1) and 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 if he intended to supply the drugs outside the jurisdiction.”

WLR Daily, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Musician Pete Doherty fined for taking heroin to court – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2010 in drug offences, fines, news by sally

“Musician Pete Doherty has been fined for taking 13 wraps of heroin to court in his coat pocket.”

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BBC News, 27th January 2010

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Nottingham cannabis gang members sentenced – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2010 in drug offences, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

“The leaders of a gang which ran a multi-million pound cannabis operation in Nottinghamshire have been sentenced.”

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BBC News, 26th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Millionaire rabbi convicted of cocaine possession – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 26th, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“A multi-millionaire rabbi who took part in cocaine parties with prostitutes in a flat nicknamed the ‘synagogue of sin’ has been convicted of possessing drugs.”

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Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Drugs gang ringleader sentenced – BBC News

Posted October 16th, 2009 in drug offences, fraud, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

“A 37-year-old man from Kent who was the ringleader of an international crime gang smuggling illegal drugs into the UK has been jailed for nine years.”

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BBC News, 15th October 2009

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Mentally ill Briton faces execution for smuggling heroin into China – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2009 in China, death penalty, drug offences, mental health, news by sally

“Lawyers warn that Akmal Shaikh, 53, who has delusional psychosis, could be shot dead in jail after reports that his second appeal has failed.”

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The Guardian, 11th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Patricia Hewitt’s son fined for cocaine – The Guardian

Posted September 30th, 2009 in drug offences, fines, news by sally

“Nicholas Hewitt Birtles, son of former Labour health minister, is given £350 worth of penalties after London arrest.”

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The Guardian, 30th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Legal highs’ drug ban criticised – BBC News

Posted September 21st, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“A government campaign to tackle ‘legal highs’ has been described as ‘wholly inadequate’ by a victim’s family.”

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BBC News, 21st September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Church’s ex-boyfriend jailed over £10m heroin – The Independent

Posted September 11th, 2009 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“A former boyfriend of Charlotte Church was sentenced to 12 years in prison today after a police raid at a house uncovered heroin with a street value of almost £10 million.”

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The Independent, 10th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Drug factory electrician jailed – BBC News

Posted September 8th, 2009 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“A Vietnamese man has been jailed for 38 months for helping to convert five properties in Gloucestershire into cannabis ‘factories’.”

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BBC News, 7th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Harmful ‘legal highs’ to be banned – Home Office

Posted August 26th, 2009 in drug offences, press releases by sally

“Several chemicals used on herbal smoking products and other so called ‘legal highs’, will be banned by the end of the year.”

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Home Office, 25th August 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

‘Legal highs’ set to be banned – BBC News

Posted August 25th, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“Two so-called ‘party’ drugs and a man-made cannabis substitute will be banned by the end of the year, the Home Office has announced.”

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BBC News, 25th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Drug charity director sues after he is wrongly targeted by sniffer dogs – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 4th, 2009 in dogs, drug offences, news, stop and search, trespass to the person by sally

“A drugs charity director is suing British Transport Police after he was wrongly targeted by sniffer dogs at an Underground station.”

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Change of tactics demanded over drugs – The Independent

Posted July 30th, 2009 in drug offences, news, police by sally

“The battle against drugs is not winnable in the near future, a survey of police and other law enforcement agents showed today.”

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The Independent, 30th July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk