Archive for the 'drug offences' Category

Drug runners to avoid prison under sentencing guidelines – Daily Telegraph

“Drug runners and small–scale dealers could escape prison even if caught with a 50–gram bag of cocaine or heroin or dozens of Ecstasy pills, under planned new guidance for courts.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Sentencing for drugs offences – public consultation launched on new guideline for judges – Sentencing Council

“Today, the Sentencing Council is launching a three-month public consultation on its proposals to introduce a new guideline for judges and magistrates for the sentencing of drugs offenders.”

Full story

Sentencing Council, 28th March 2011

Source: www.sentencingcouncil.org.uk

Lecturer jailed over fake sex drug plan – The Independent

“A university worker was jailed today for planning to flood the market with fake sex-enhancing drugs.”

Full story

The Independent, 24th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Four men jailed over £2m cannabis farm in Essex – BBC news

“Four men found at a large cannabis factory in Essex have been jailed.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Man sentenced to 12 years in first believed prosecution for supplying “legal high” GBL – Crown Prosecution Service

“Following the sentencing at Reading Crown Court, Andrew Penhale, Unit Head of the Crown Prosecution Service Organised Crime Division in the North said: ‘The significance of this prosecution is that it involves a defendant running an apparently legitimate, internet-based chemical business, which actually facilitated the wholesale trafficking of Class A drugs and the sale of other illegitimate chemicals.’

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 10th December 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Two jailed over £2.6m drugs haul in Bedford – BBC News

“Two men have been jailed after a haul of drugs worth £2.6m was discovered in a house in Bedford.”

Full story

BBC News, 24th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Two jailed over £3.5m Leicestershire drugs deal – BBC News

“Two men have been jailed for 13 years and four months each after they admitted possession of heroin with an estimated street value of £3.5m.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Respected police sergeant led double life as ‘mob boss in uniform’ – Daily Telegraph

“Salim Razaq, 31, became a ‘mob boss in police uniform’ after taking charge of a drug and money-laundering racket when his younger brother, Hafiz, was jailed for kidnapping a rival gang member during a brutal turf war.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 5th November 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Black people six times more likely to face drug arrest – The Guardian

“Black people are six times more likely to be arrested than white people for drug offences and 11 times more likely to be imprisoned, according to new research claiming to show the racial bias of the criminal justice system.”

Full story

The Guardian, 31st October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Office wrongly allowed import of medicinal cannabis – The Guardian

“Email incorrectly said EU law allowed certain people to bring small quantities of cannabis into UK for personal use.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Drug dealer stripped of £550,000 assets – The Independent

“A jailed drug dealer was stripped of more than half a million pounds of assets today – including his house, yacht and three flats.”

Full story

The Independent, 15th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Sentence doubled for corrupt PC – The Independent

“A corrupt police officer who conspired with a drug dealer had his three-year jail sentence doubled at the Court of Appeal today.”

Full story

The Independent, 21st September 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Cleator Moor drug dealer with dozens of clients jailed – BBC News

“A cocaine dealer owed thousands of pounds by clients has been sent to prison for four years.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Corrupt policeman jailed for seven years – the Guardian

“A corrupt policeman who sold stolen police uniforms and offered tips on how to foil detectives was jailed for seven years today for drug dealing and helping to plot a robbery at a jewellery store.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Legal high’ Naphyrone to be a Class B drug from Friday – Home Office

“Naphyrone (often called ‘NRG1’) and its related compounds will become Class B drugs from Friday July 23, 2010.”

Full press release

Home Office, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Bar chairman backs calls to reconsider drug laws – The Independent

“One of Britain’s most senior lawyers has delivered a dramatic boost to the campaign to change the law on drugs.”

Full story

The Independent, 20th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Couple jailed for giving baby methadone – The Guardian

“Recovering heroin users jailed for child cruelty after using drug to soothe infant in the six months up to her death.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Bristol drug gang jailed after covert police operation – BBC News

“Four men have been jailed for their part in a drugs network which police said allowed them to live a life of luxury hotels and fast cars.”

Full story

BBC News, 14th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

‘Legal High’ Naphyrone to be Class B Drug – Home Office

“Naphyrone – often advertised as ‘NRG1’ – and its related compounds are to be banned and made Class B drugs, Minister for Crime Prevention James Brokenshire announced today.”

Full press release

Home Office, 12th July 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Legal high ‘NRG1’ to be made Class B drug – The Independent

“The legal high naphyrone will be made a Class B drug and banned, the Government said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 12th July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

News of the World story on John Terry’s dad was entrapment, says judge – The Guardian

“A crown court judge today described the News of the World’s story about the father of England footballer John Terry selling cocaine as a ‘very, very clear case of entrapment’.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Disabled man walks free after drug conviction – The Independent

“A disabled former rock drummer walked free from court today after being convicted of growing cannabis which he took to treat a medical condition.”

Full story

The Independent, 26th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Care home boss Rachel Baker jailed for killing resident – BBC News

“A former care home manager who stole drugs from residents to feed her own addiction has been jailed for 10 years for killing an elderly woman.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st May 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Struck-off doctor jailed for selling slimming pills – The Independent

“A struck-off doctor was jailed for selling slimming pills to patients across the country, police said. Sudesh Madan, 57, of Homeway, Romford, Essex, was given an 18-month prison sentence at St Albans Crown Court yesterday after previously admitting four counts of possession with intent to supply a controlled drug and four counts of supplying a controlled drug. She also asked for eight other offences to be taken into consideration. ”

Full story

The Independent, 12th May 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lords back mephedrone ban – The Independent

“A ban on mephedrone and other so-called ‘legal highs’ was backed by the Lords today amid accusations ministers were guilty of a ‘knee-jerk’ response.”

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The Independent, 8th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Care home boss Rachel Baker cleared of murdering residents – The Independent

“Former care home manager Rachel Baker was today found not guilty of murdering two of her elderly residents. Baker, 44, was accused of murdering Frances Hay and Lucy Cox at Parkfields Residential Care Home in Butleigh, Somerset. She was cleared of the murder charges and an attempted murder charge involving Mrs Hay by a jury at Bristol Crown Court today.”

Full story

The Independent, 8th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Jury still out in care home deaths trial – The Independent

“A jury will resume its deliberations today in the trial of a former care home manager accused of murdering two elderly residents.”

Full story

The Independent, 7th April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Damages award for rights breach drug dealer – The Independent

“A convicted drug dealer was awarded £880 compensation by a European court which ruled her human rights were breached by a British judge.”

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The Independent, 2nd April 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal warning over rush to impose ban on mephedrone – The Guardian

“Websites close down as Lib Dem MPs say decision could jeopardise future prosecutions of dealers.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Secretary bans Mephedrone – Home Office

“Mephedrone and its related compounds are to be banned and made Class B drugs following recommendations from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), the Home Secretary Alan Johnson announced today.”

Full press release

Home Office, 30th March 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

The Big Question: Should legal-high drugs such as mephedrone now be made illegal? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

Two teenagers from Scunthorpe, Louis Wainwright, 18, and Nicholas Smith, 19, died on Monday, apparently after taking mephedrone. Police are investigating whether they were taking other drugs. Their deaths have focused attention on the perils of so called ‘legal highs’, chemical and herbal preparations sold on the high street and over the web which are claimed to have effects similar to illegal drugs of abuse but have not been specifically banned.”

Full story

The Independent, 18th March 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Corrupt ex-Met Pc jailed for drugs for information deal – BBC News

“A former police officer has been jailed for three years for passing secret information to his wife and her drug dealer, in return for drugs and money.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R v Hussain (Shabbir) – WLR Daily

R v Hussain (Shabbir) [2010] WLR (D) 22

“A possessor of drugs did not commit an offence contrary to ss 4(1) and 5(3) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 if he intended to supply the drugs outside the jurisdiction.”

WLR Daily, 3rd February 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Musician Pete Doherty fined for taking heroin to court – BBC News

“Musician Pete Doherty has been fined for taking 13 wraps of heroin to court in his coat pocket.”

Full story

BBC News, 27th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Nottingham cannabis gang members sentenced – BBC News

“The leaders of a gang which ran a multi-million pound cannabis operation in Nottinghamshire have been sentenced.”

Full story

BBC News, 26th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Millionaire rabbi convicted of cocaine possession – Daily Telegraph

“A multi-millionaire rabbi who took part in cocaine parties with prostitutes in a flat nicknamed the ‘synagogue of sin’ has been convicted of possessing drugs.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 25th November 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Drugs gang ringleader sentenced – BBC News

“A 37-year-old man from Kent who was the ringleader of an international crime gang smuggling illegal drugs into the UK has been jailed for nine years.”

Full story

BBC News, 15th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mentally ill Briton faces execution for smuggling heroin into China – The Guardian

“Lawyers warn that Akmal Shaikh, 53, who has delusional psychosis, could be shot dead in jail after reports that his second appeal has failed.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Patricia Hewitt’s son fined for cocaine – The Guardian

“Nicholas Hewitt Birtles, son of former Labour health minister, is given £350 worth of penalties after London arrest.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th September 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Legal highs’ drug ban criticised – BBC News

“A government campaign to tackle ‘legal highs’ has been described as ‘wholly inadequate’ by a victim’s family.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Church’s ex-boyfriend jailed over £10m heroin – The Independent

“A former boyfriend of Charlotte Church was sentenced to 12 years in prison today after a police raid at a house uncovered heroin with a street value of almost £10 million.”

Full story

The Independent, 10th September 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Drug factory electrician jailed – BBC News

“A Vietnamese man has been jailed for 38 months for helping to convert five properties in Gloucestershire into cannabis ‘factories’.”

Full story

BBC News, 7th September 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Harmful ‘legal highs’ to be banned – Home Office

“Several chemicals used on herbal smoking products and other so called ‘legal highs’, will be banned by the end of the year.”

Full press release

Home Office, 25th August 2009

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

‘Legal highs’ set to be banned – BBC News

“Two so-called ‘party’ drugs and a man-made cannabis substitute will be banned by the end of the year, the Home Office has announced.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th August 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Drug charity director sues after he is wrongly targeted by sniffer dogs – Daily Telegraph

“A drugs charity director is suing British Transport Police after he was wrongly targeted by sniffer dogs at an Underground station.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Change of tactics demanded over drugs – The Independent

“The battle against drugs is not winnable in the near future, a survey of police and other law enforcement agents showed today.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th July 2009

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Men jailed for heroin conspiracy – BBC News

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

Full story

BBC News, 16th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Cocaine swallower gets six years – UK Border Agency

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

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 6th July 2009

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

Day-tripping drug smuggler is jailed – UK Border Agency

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

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 24th June 2009

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Duo jailed for smuggling 12 tonnes of cannabis – The Independent

“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.”

Full story

The Independent, 4th June 2009

Source: www.independent.co,uk

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

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

Full story

The Guardian, 21st May 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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

“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.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 19th May 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ecstasy dealers jailed over death – BBC news

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

Full story

BBC News, 11th May 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Government considers ban on ‘legal highs’ – The Guardian

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

Full story

The Guardian, 26th April 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Consultation paper on sentencing for drug offences – Sentencing Guidelines Council

“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


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