Gang members jailed for modern slavery – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Two London gang members who trafficked a teenage girl to Swansea to deal heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 13th April 2018

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Drugs gang leader jailed over £2m Manchester cocaine ring – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2018 in conspiracy, drug offences, drug trafficking, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘The leader of a drugs gang that ran a cocaine supply ring worth more than £2m has been jailed for nine years.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2018

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British children being forced into modern slavery in UK as 5,000 potential victims found – The Independent

‘British children are being forced into modern slavery in the UK as more potential victims are reported than ever before. A total of 5,145 potential victims were referred into the system last year, an increase of 35 per cent on the year before, and the National Crime Agency (NCA) believes the number will continue to rise.’

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The Independent, 25th March 2018

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Manchester students jailed for selling £800k of drugs on dark web – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, internet, news, sentencing, young persons by sally

‘A gang of students from the University of Manchester who funded a luxury lifestyle by selling more than £800,000 worth of drugs on the dark web have been jailed for up to 15 years.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2018

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Man convicted of flying drones into HMP Birmingham – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 20th, 2017 in aircraft, drug trafficking, news, prisons by tracey

‘A man has been jailed for five years today after being convicted of flying drones carrying £35,000 worth of drugs and contraband items into prison grounds.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th December 2017

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Eight jailed over plot to smuggle drugs and phones into UK prisons – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2017 in aircraft, conspiracy, drug trafficking, news, prisons, telecommunications by sally

‘Eight people have been jailed for taking part in a plot to smuggle cannabis and mobile phones into prisons in England and Scotland using drones.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2017

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Pair guilty of human trafficking after drugs raid in UK legal first – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2017 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, gangs, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

‘Two gang members who ran a so-called “county line” drug network have been convicted of human trafficking in the first case of its kind.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2017

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Drug dealer using dark web to sell fentanyl jailed for over 13 years – The Guardian

Posted September 26th, 2017 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, internet, news, sentencing by sally

‘A drug dealer who sold substances including the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl on the dark web has been jailed for more than 13 years.’

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The Guardian, 25th September 2017

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Cocaine smuggling Bianca skipper found guilty – BBC News

Posted March 17th, 2017 in drug trafficking, news by tracey

‘The skipper of a fishing boat has been convicted of one of Britain’s biggest-ever cocaine smuggling operations.’

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BBC News, 16th March 2017

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Daniel Morgan: how a 30-year-old murder still haunts Britain’s powerful – The Guardian

‘Private eye’s unsolved death dogs Murdoch bid for Sky and the Met’s reputation, and fuels demands for another Leveson inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2017

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Cancer sufferer jailed for 11 years after starting up ‘Breaking Bad’ drugs enterprise – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 14th, 2017 in conspiracy, drug offences, drug trafficking, families, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A former banker, who began supplying crystal meth after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, has been condemned to die in prison after being sentenced to 11-years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th February 2017

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Three men jailed over light aircraft drop of £2.5m of cocaine in Kent – The Guardian

Posted January 9th, 2017 in drug trafficking, money laundering, national crime agency, news, sentencing by sally

‘Three men have been jailed for smuggling cocaine worth £2.5m into Britain and dropping it from a light aircraft on the day of the EU referendum.’

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The Guardian, 6th January 2017

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How the UK’s drug laws have created an underground medical marijuana scene – The Independent

Posted November 16th, 2016 in crime, drug offences, drug trafficking, health, medicines, news by sally

‘The UK’s underground medical marijuana scene, where dealers give away tens of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis in order to offer relief to those in physical pain, has been exposed in a new documentary.’

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The Independent, 15th November 2016

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Strasbourg again favouring safety of conviction over cross-examination of witnesses? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted October 3rd, 2016 in cross-examination, drug trafficking, human rights, news, witnesses by sally

‘In a unanimous decision, the European Court of Human Rights has held that the proceedings that lead to the conviction of an individual for drug trafficking charges were entirely compliant with Article 6, ECHR. Despite the inability to cross-examine a key prosecution witness, the Court considered that in light of the existence of supporting incriminating evidence (amongst other factors) the proceedings as a whole were fair.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th September 2016

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The mysterious case of the drug-smuggling fishermen – BBC News

Posted July 19th, 2016 in appeals, drug trafficking, evidence, miscarriage of justice, news, ships by sally

‘In 2011, a group of men from the Isle of Wight was given a combined 104-year prison sentence for masterminding a £53m drug smuggling operation. Does new evidence suggest they were innocent?’

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BBC News, 19th July 2016

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Gang jailed over ‘colossal’ plot to smuggle £1.6bn of drugs into Britain in fake ambulances – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 5th, 2016 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘Six men have been jailed for their part in an audacious plot to smuggle £1.6 billion of drugs into Britain using a fleet of fake ambulances.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th July 2016

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Six jailed for ‘drug ambulance’ smuggling plot – BBC News

Posted July 4th, 2016 in conspiracy, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by michael

‘Six men have been jailed for a total of 94 years after smuggling drugs from Holland to the UK in fake ambulances.’

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BBC News, 4th July 2016

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Man jailed for 150mph car chase on A1 with girl, 3, in back seat – BBC News

‘A drug dealer who drove at speeds of up to 150mph with a three-year-old girl in his car during a police chase has been jailed for two years and eight months.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2016

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Legal highs ban will fail to eradicate spice, warns government adviser – The Guardian

Posted June 8th, 2016 in criminal justice, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, statistics by sally

‘The ban on legal highs will not lead to the disappearance of spice and other synthetic, cannabis-like drugs because they are so profitable to dealers, a senior government drugs adviser has warned.’

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The Guardian, 7th June 2016

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New powers to strengthen coastal security – Home Office

Posted May 27th, 2016 in customs and excise, drug trafficking, immigration, press releases by tracey

‘New powers to help target smugglers and prevent illegal entry come into force.’

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Home Office, 26th may 2016

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office