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

Men jailed for heroin conspiracy – BBC News

Posted July 17th, 2009 in conspiracy, drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“Eight men have been sentenced for a drugs conspiracy that saw millions of pounds of heroin imported into the UK.”

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BBC News, 16th July 2009

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Cocaine swallower gets six years – UK Border Agency

Posted July 8th, 2009 in drug offences, press releases, sentencing by sally

“A Nigerian man who tried to smuggle cocaine into the West Midlands has been jailed for six years at Manchester Crown Court.”

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UK Border Agency, 6th July 2009

Source: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Day-tripping drug smuggler is jailed – UK Border Agency

Posted June 25th, 2009 in drug offences, press releases, sentencing by sally

“A lorry driver has been jailed for eight years for attempting to smuggle 34kg of heroin and 7kg of cocaine into the United Kingdom.”

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UK Border Agency, 24th June 2009

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Duo jailed for smuggling 12 tonnes of cannabis – The Independent

Posted June 5th, 2009 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“Ten men convicted of attempting to smuggle 12.5 tonnes of cannabis resin worth £36 million into Britain stashed in a rusty tugboat were jailed today.”

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The Independent, 4th June 2009

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Jacqui Smith to ban ‘legal high’ drugs – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2009 in drug abuse, drug offences, news, sport by sally

“The home secretary, Jacqui Smith, is to ban two ‘legal highs’ and a range of ­anabolic steroids in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics.”

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The Guardian, 21st May 2009

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Legal party drug that killed student set to be banned – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 20th, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“Jacqui Smith, The Home Secretary, is to finally move to ban the legal party drug GBL that killed Hester Stewart, a promising medical student, almost a year after her chief drugs advisor told her to.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th May 2009

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Ecstasy dealers jailed over death – BBC news

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

“Two men from Crawley have been jailed for supplying ecstasy at a party in West Sussex which killed a teenager.”

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BBC News, 11th May 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government considers ban on ‘legal highs’ – The Guardian

Posted April 27th, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“The government is considering outlawing a range of legal drugs that apparently mimic the effects of substances such as ecstasy and cannabis.”

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The Guardian, 26th April 2009

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Consultation paper on sentencing for drug offences – Sentencing Guidelines Council

Posted April 23rd, 2009 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“On Wednesday 22 April the Sentencing Advisory Panel published a consultation paper relating to the sentencing of the most commonly committed drug offences.”

Consultation paper on sentencing of drug offences (PDF)

Press Notice (PDF)

Drugs consultation paper – Annex B (xls)

Sentencing Guidelines Council, 22nd April 2009

Source: www.sentencing-guidelines.gov.uk

Drugs barons ‘should face shorter sentences’, report says – The Times

Posted April 23rd, 2009 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“Drugs barons should be given shorter prison sentences, according to official proposals published today (22 April).”

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The Times, 22nd April 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Drug offence case is landmark for Britons jailed abroad – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2009 in drug offences, extradition, news by sally

“A man serving 33 years in a British jail for a drug offence committed in Thailand is to challenge his sentence in what could become a precedent-setting case for Britons jailed abroad. The case is being watched by the growing number of Britons in overseas jails who want to serve their sentence in the UK.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drug court to offer addicts help – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“The first court in Wales dedicated to dealing with drug offenders will be opened later in Cardiff by Justice Secretary Jack Straw.”

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BBC News, 8th April 2009

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Legalisation of drugs could save UK £14bn, says study – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“The regulated legalisation of drugs would have major benefits for taxpayers, victims of crime, local communities and the criminal justice system, according to the first comprehensive comparison between the cost-effectiveness of legalisation and prohibition. The authors of the report, which is due to be published today, suggest that a legalised, regulated market could save the country around £14bn.”

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The Guardian, 7th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

YouTube man fined over cannabis – BBC News

Posted March 4th, 2009 in drug offences, internet, news, sentencing by sally

“A Somerset man has been fined £200 after posting a video on the YouTube website of cannabis he was growing.”

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BBC News, 4th March 2009

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Jail for new parent drug dealers – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2009 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

“A drug dealing couple have been jailed just days after their son was born in prison.”

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BBC News, 26th February 2009

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Ecstasy should be downgraded to class B drug say government advisers – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 9th, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“Ecstasy should be downgraded to a class B drug, the government’s drugs advisers are to recommend.”

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Daily Telegraph, 7th February 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Cannabis is now a Class B drug – Home Office

Posted January 27th, 2009 in drug offences, news, press releases by sally

“Concerns about effects of ‘skunk’ and the mental health of users lead to the change.”

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Home Office, 26th January 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Cannabis becomes Class B drug today, but no spot fines yet – The Times

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

“Cannabis is upgraded to a Class B drug today, but users will not be fined after the sudden withdrawal of new powers to allow on-the-spot penalties.”

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The Times, 26th January 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

People caught with cannabis after it is reclassified to escape fines after delay – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 20th, 2009 in drug offences, news by sally

“People caught smoking cannabis will escape £80 on-the-spot fines when the drug is reclassified next week.”

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Daily Telegraph, 19th Janaury 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk