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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Ukad close investigation into Team Sky and British Cycling after failing to determine Jiffy bag contents – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2017 in corruption, drug abuse, drug offences, evidence, news, sport by tracey

‘UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) have closed their investigation into British Cycling and Team Sky, deeming it “impossible” to determine the contents of a Jiffy bag delivered to Sir Bradley Wiggins at the Critérium du Dauphiné in June 2011.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2017

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Man sentenced over £50m drugs haul find on Norfolk beach – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2017 in drug offences, news, rehabilitation, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A man who helped himself to cocaine that had washed up on a beach has been given a two year suspended sentence.’

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BBC News, 7th November 2017

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Websites allowing illegal activity ‘complicit in crime’ – BBC News

‘Websites that do not prevent the sale of illegal goods are complicit in cyber-crime, a crime chief has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd October 2017

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Modern slavery referrals up 300% in UK due to improved identification – The Guardian

‘There has been a 300% increase in the number of victims of modern slavery referred for support in the past six years, and a huge increase in the number of men from Vietnam trafficked to work in illegal cannabis farms.’

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The Guardian, 16th October 2017

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Refuse collector jailed for supplying drugs to 15-year-old girl who died – The Guardian

Posted September 25th, 2017 in children, drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

‘A refuse collector has been jailed for supplying drugs to a 15-year-old girl shortly before she collapsed and died.’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2017

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Newcastle grooming gang members jailed for up to 29 years – The Guardian

‘Members of a “cynical and well-practised” grooming gang have been jailed for up to 29 years for sexually abusing vulnerable girls in Newcastle upon Tyne after plying them with drugs.’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2017

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New laws on laughing gas face court challenge – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 4th, 2017 in appeals, drug offences, legislation, news by sally

‘An undergraduate who became one of the first people to be convicted for selling laughing gas or “hippy crack” is to launch an appeal after similar court cases collapsed over confusion surrounding the law.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd September 2017

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Laughing gas ban: Judge rules ‘hippy crack’ still legal despite law which bans psychoactive substances – The Independent

Posted August 31st, 2017 in drug offences, medicines, news by tracey

‘Laughing gas could still be legal after a judge dismissed a case, saying the drug is not covered by a law which bans “legal highs”.’

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The Independent, 31st August 2017

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Three men jailed for running cannabis factory in ex-nuclear bunker – The Guardian

‘Three men have been jailed for their part in running a vast underground cannabis farm in a former nuclear bunker in Wiltshire, staffed by young Vietnamese workers who were held in slave-like conditions.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

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18 people convicted after girls and young women groomed, drugged and raped in Newcastle – The Independent

‘Under-age girls and vulnerable young women were taken to parties in Newcastle and groomed with drugs before being raped and sexually abused, it can now be reported.’

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The Independent, 9th August 2017

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Spice ban ‘puts prisoners and homeless at risk’ as street drug goes underground – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2017 in drug offences, health, legislation, news, statistics by sally

‘The ban on new psychoactive substances, including the “zombie drug”, spice, has served to drive the trade underground as more potent and unpredictable strains enter the market, pushed by street dealers.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2017

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Controlled drugs, religion and Article 9: Beneficent Spiritist Center União Do Vegetal – Law & Religion UK

Posted July 31st, 2017 in drug offences, human rights, licensing, news, treaties by sally

‘The Beneficent Spiritist Center União do Vegetal is a religion with Christian and reincarnationist foundations; its declared objective to contribute to the spiritual development of the human being and the improvement of his or her intellectual qualities and moral virtues, without distinction of race, sex, creed, social class or nationality. In its rituals it uses hoasca tea (also known as ayahuasca). The tea is prepared from two Amazonian plants: the Mariri vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and the leaves of the Chacrona bush (Psicotria viridis). In the União do Vegetal (UDV), hoasca tea is also known as “vegetal”; and the congregations drink it for the purpose of mental concentration. The plant materials from which the tea is made contain dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a class A controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 [1-3].’

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Law & Religion UK, 31st July 2017

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Leicester mum jailed for gun and drugs in kitchen cupboard – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2017 in drug offences, imprisonment, news, sentencing, weapons by sally

‘A mother who kept a gun and drugs in her kitchen cupboard has been jailed for eight years.’

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BBC News, 9th June 2017

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Two Manchester Spice dealers jailed – BBC News

Posted June 2nd, 2017 in drug offences, news, sentencing by sally

‘Two men caught with “thousands of pounds” worth of the former legal high Spice have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 1st June 2017

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Murderers and rapists could have convictions quashed after police reveal thousands of forensics tests may have been compromised – Daily Telegraph

‘Hundreds of convicted criminals, including some murderers and rapists, could have their convictions quashed after police admitted thousands of forensic tests may have been tampered with.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th May 2017

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University lecturer jailed after using bitcoins to buy drugs over ‘dark web’ that led to friend’s death – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 6th, 2017 in drug offences, internet, news, sentencing, teachers, universities by tracey

‘A university lecturer has been jailed after buying a cocktail of drugs over the “dark web” that led to the death of his friend.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th April 2017

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