What Is Modern Slavery And Are Victims Being Failed? – Each Other

‘Despite protections under the Modern Slavery Act (2015), victims of modern slavery in the UK are still struggling to access support, or to be recognised as victims at all. In the first three months of 2021, almost 3,000 potential victims were referred to the Home Office. According to a recent Freedom of Information (FOI) request filed by EachOther to the Home Office, between January and September 2021, immigration authorities detained 229 people who were identified as possible victims of modern slavery. Now, charities have raised concerns over the government’s approach to children exploited by drug trafficking gangs and migrant victims of modern slavery, who may be detained and deported if identified.’

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Each Other, 23rd May 2022

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‘Heartless’ drug dealers ‘cuckooed’ woman’s Nuneaton flat – BBC News

Posted January 28th, 2022 in drug offences, drug trafficking, imprisonment, news, sentencing by tracey

‘Two “heartless” drug dealers forced a vulnerable woman out of her home when they took over her flat to sell heroin and crack cocaine.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2022

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Stephen Lawrence murder: Jamie Acourt ‘cannot repay £90k’ from drugs plot – BBC News

‘One of the men suspected of murdering Stephen Lawrence in a racist attack has said he cannot pay £90,000 he made from a £3m drugs plot.’

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BBC News, 18th January 2022

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Van driver who hid £16.5m of drugs in catering supplies jailed for 10 years – The Independent

Posted January 7th, 2022 in drug offences, drug trafficking, imprisonment, news, offensive weapons, sentencing by tracey

‘A van driver who attempted to smuggle £16.5 million worth of heroin and cocaine by hiding it within catering supplies has been jailed for 10 years.’

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The Independent, 6th January 2022

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‘Super courtroom’ to open in Loughborough to deal with gang trials – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2021 in courts, drug trafficking, gangs, Ministry of Justice, money laundering, murder, news by tracey

‘A “super courtroom” has been built to help deal with gang trials with large numbers of defendants.’

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BBC News, 9th November 2021

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Chart-topping rapper Nines jailed for plot to import 28kg of cannabis – The Independent

‘Chart-topping rapper Nines has been jailed for 28 months for importing 28kg of cannabis.’

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The Independent, 2nd October 2021

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Ex-Royal Marines jailed after child accidentally given cocaine as gift – The Guardian

‘Two former Royal Marines have been jailed for smuggling cocaine into the UK in boxes of Lego, after one of them was accidentally given to a child for his birthday.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2021

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Aram Sheibani: International drugs boss with luxury lifestyle jailed – BBC News

‘A man who was the “very head” of a large-scale international drugs conspiracy with links to Colombia has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2021

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The Times, They Are A-Changin’ [Again] – Carmelite Chambers

‘For those practitioners who thought that a positive decision from the Single Competent Authority as to whether a defendant was a victim of trafficking is admissible, having been settled since early 2020 with the Divisional Court decision in DPP v M [2020] EWHC 344 Admin, well…think again.’

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Carmelite Chambers, 20th May 2021

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Two members of Freshwater Five lose appeal against drugs convictions – The Guardian

‘Two members of the Freshwater Five convicted more than a decade ago of attempting to smuggle £53m of cocaine into the UK have lost an appeal against their convictions.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2021

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EncroChat: UK drugs boss captured as police crack coded messages – BBC News

‘A drugs boss who ran a multi-million pound enterprise in the UK has been jailed after detectives hacked into his encrypted messaging accounts.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2021

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Couple jailed for trafficking teens to sell drugs – BBC

‘A drug dealer and his care worker girlfriend have been jailed for trafficking teenagers to sell drugs for a county lines operation.’

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BBC News, 28th January 2021

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Oxfordshire boy groomed by gangs ‘failed’ by authorities – BBC News

Posted January 21st, 2021 in children, drug trafficking, education, gangs, news, police, reports, social services, suicide by sally

‘A boy found dead in his bedroom was groomed into a world of drug trafficking and “failed” by the authorities, a serious case review said.’

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BBC News, 20th January 2021

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Public school boy jailed after being caught trying to swallow 50 packets of cocaine and heroin – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 7th, 2020 in drug abuse, drug offences, drug trafficking, imprisonment, news, sentencing by sally

‘A former public schoolboy and professional rugby player was in jail last night (Sun) after trying to swallow 50 packets of crack cocaine and heroin.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th December 2020

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Cell Site Evidence: Expert or Not? – St Philips Barristers

Posted November 10th, 2020 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, evidence, expert witnesses, news, telecommunications by sally

‘In R v Andrew Turner [2020] EWCA Crim 1241 the Court of Appeal considered the issue of when a professional witness crosses the line and gives expert evidence, in the context of mobile telephone analysis. The appeal concerned a conspiracy to supply class A drugs, the prosecution relied on mobile telephone and surveillance evidence. The appellant was said to be a driving force behind the conspiracy and that various incriminating mobile telephone numbers could be attributed to him.’

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St Philips Barristers, 5th November 2020

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Nationwide Organised Crime Gang sentenced – Crown Prosecution Service

‘Eighteen members of a gang who ran a county lines drugs operation stretching from north Wales and Merseyside as far as Anglesey, Cornwall and Scotland have been sentenced to a total of nearly 147 years’ imprisonment, with individual sentences ranging from 4 to 21 years at Mold Crown Court.’

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Crown Prosecution Service , 11th September 2020

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‘County lines’ drug ringleader jailed for 21 years – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2020 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, gangs, news, sentencing by sally

‘The leader of a sophisticated multi-million pound drug supply network has been sentenced to 21 years in prison.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2020

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Jaden Moodie: ‘Chances missed’ to protect boy groomed by dealers – BBC News

‘A boy who was “butchered” in a drugs turf war after being groomed by drug dealers had been arrested in a crack den months earlier but police did not contact child exploitation staff, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 26th May 2020

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Coronavirus: County lines drug dealers ‘stick out like a sore thumb’ during lockdown, say police – The Independent

Posted April 20th, 2020 in children, coronavirus, criminal justice, drug offences, drug trafficking, gangs, news by tracey

‘The coronavirus pandemic could provide an unexpected opportunity for police forces to tackle county lines drug dealing as the lockdown means criminals “stick out like a sore thumb”, senior officers have said.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2020

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Lewis Graham: Life Sentences under the Convention: Law or Politics? – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Sometimes cases stand for far more than their strict ratio decidendi. The High Court’s recent ruling in Hafeez v Secretary of State for the Home Department is a prime example of such a case. The facts are simple. The US sought from the UK the extradition of Mr Hafeez, the alleged leader of an international crime syndicate and so-called “Sultan of drugs”. Unsurprisingly, Mr Hafeez resisted that motion, claiming that were he to be extradited, he would in all likelihood be sentenced to life without parole in the US, which would breach his rights under the ECHR. The UK, he argued, would be complicit in breaching his rights were it to proceed with the extradition. The High Court was to determine whether this was in fact the case.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 3rd April 2020

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