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

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Cannabis arrests down 46% since 2010 – police figures – BBC News

Posted April 4th, 2016 in drug offences, drug trafficking, news, police, statistics by sally

‘Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have dropped by 46% since 2010, figures obtained by BBC Breakfast suggest.’

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BBC News, 4th April 2016

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Regina v Brooks – WLR Daily

Regina v Brooks [2016] EWCA Crim 44

‘Following the seizure of a large consignment of cocaine by the Irish navy, the defendant was convicted in the United Kingdom of conspiracy to import drugs and sentenced to a term of imprisonment. In confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 the recorder ruled that the defendant had a criminal lifestyle for the purposes of section 75 of the 2002 Act. He assessed the defendant’s benefit as being a little over £3·6m, comprising the value of the drugs at just under £3m and a 50% interest in a Spanish property valued at £296,000, and held that the recoverable amount was the same as the benefit figure on the basis that, although the defendant’s identifiable assets amounted to just under £1,400, he had undisclosed assets which he had failed to show were less than his benefit. Accordingly, the recorder made a confiscation order in the sum of the benefit figure. The defendant appealed against the order on the grounds that the recorder had erred in (i) including the value of the drugs in the benefit figure on the basis that the defendant had purchased them or contributed to their purchase, when there was no evidence that the defendant had done so; (ii) including the value of the drugs in the recoverable amount, when they had been seized by the Irish authorities; and (iii) including the value of the property in the recoverable amount, when under Spanish law the defendant’s partner was the legal and equitable owner.’

WLR Daily, 10th March 2016

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Inside Wandsworth prison: drug drones and demoralised staff – The Guardian

Posted February 23rd, 2016 in aircraft, drug abuse, drug trafficking, news, prison officers, prisons, reports by sally

‘The Guardian has been granted unprecedented access to two prisons to see the impact of funding cuts. In the first of two reports, Amelia Gentleman finds broken windows and bored inmates at the UK’s most overcrowded jail.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2016

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Pilot ‘Biggles’ jailed over £33m cocaine smuggling ring – The Guardian

Posted February 10th, 2016 in aircraft, conspiracy, drug trafficking, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘A pilot nicknamed Biggles has been jailed for 19 years for smuggling £33.5m worth of cocaine into Britain.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2016

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Fake ambulance drug smugglers jailed for between 18 and 28 years – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2015 in drug offences, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘Three drug smugglers have been jailed for at least 18 years each for transporting as much as £1.6bn worth of cocaine and heroin into the UK using a fleet of fake ambulances.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2015

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Gatwick baggage handler jailed for drug smuggling – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2015 in airports, drug offences, drug trafficking, news, sentencing by sally

‘A baggage handler at Gatwick airport has been jailed with three others for smuggling drugs worth a total of £700,000 into Britain.’

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The Guardian, 7th December 2015

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Gang convicted of smuggling £1.6bn of drugs into UK in fake ambulances – The Guardian

Posted November 30th, 2015 in conspiracy, drug trafficking, news by sally

‘Three drug smugglers have been convicted of transporting as much as £1.6bn worth of cocaine and heroin into the UK using a fleet of fake ambulances.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2015

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