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Showing 1 - 9 of 9 results for crime type "Drug offences" & area "CPS"

Man found guilty of large-scale Class A importation and drug supply

A ringleader who organised the importation and supply of Class A drugs disguised in printer ink has today (24/04/2024) been found guilty at Isleworth Crown Court.

| Press Release , Drug offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

Three men jailed for their involvement in the large-scale supply of illegal drugs

Three men have today been jailed for their involvement in a drug enterprise which saw the large scale selling of drugs on the dark web and their onward transmission via post in disguised packaging.

| Press Release , International and organised crime, Drug offences , CPS News

Christmas “party planner” jailed in first laughing gas drug conviction

A drug dealer who was caught red-handed with party bags containing cannisters of laughing gas alongside balloons and candy canes has become the first person to be jailed for possession of the class C drug since it was outlawed by the Home Office.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, East of England News

Drug smugglers foiled by farmer jailed over £29 million plot

Two men, whose conspiracy to smuggle drugs and cigarettes into the UK was foiled after a farmer accidentally spotted a consignment of cocaine, have been handed lengthy prison sentences today.

| Press Release , International and organised crime, Drug offences, Fraud and economic crime , CPS News

£9.8 million to be seized from man who produced steroids on commercial scale

Mohammed Afzal who was convicted as part of a conspiracy to produce commercial quantities of illegal medical drugs has been ordered to pay back millions of pounds or face 10 extra years in prison. 

| Press Release , Fraud and economic crime, Proceeds of crime, Drug offences , CPS News

£1.59bn drugs ring: Organised Crime Group jailed for a combined total of 58 years.

Six members of an organised crime group have been jailed for smuggling into the UK 15 tonnes of cocaine worth £1.59bn in boxes of frozen chicken.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, Yorkshire and Humberside News

Organised crime group who conspired to import £11m of cocaine hidden in shipment of bananas jailed

Four men have been jailed a combined total of 62 years for conspiring to import 139kg of cocaine into the country hidden in a shipment of bananas.

| Press Release , International and organised crime, Drug offences , CPS News

Six men jailed after £44 million worth of MDMA found hidden in arm of excavator

Six men behind one of the biggest MDMA smuggling operations ever dealt with by the CPS have today been jailed to a combined total of 140 years.

| Press Release , Drug offences, International and organised crime , CPS News

Pioneering ‘gangs’ unit set up to tackle those who ‘live by crime’

Prosecutors working with police to tackle serious gang-related violence have opened a pioneering, dedicated unit to crack down on criminals blighting the lives of local communities.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Drug offences, International and organised crime , CPS, West Midlands News

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