Drug Importation in UK Law

Leading Cases
  • R v Richard Brookhouse Paul O'Dee Joseph Kean Gareth Marland Gregory Rothwell Ian Longworth Anthony Olatunde Pereira
    • Court of Appeal
    • 20 Dic 2004

    Jeys was the sole participant in a second importation. A third importation occurred in November 2000 which also involved Kean. He and Jeys collected a quantity of ecstasy tablets and cannabis. They took the drug through Belgium to France, where they met a lorry carrying pallets of washing powder. The drugs were then concealed in a space between the pallets. Each was paid £1,500. Kean told Jeys he expected more money and did not wish to get involved again.

    20 years is clearly justified on the authorities for an important, but secondary, participation in large scale importation of class A drugs. In between those two points have to be fitted quite a large number of disparate people who clearly are more involved than those who might receive 20 years, but less involved than those who might not receive 30 years. We seem to have a crowding of this kind in the present case.

  • Christopher Mark Welsh (Junior) and Others (Appellants & Applicants) v The Queen
    • Court of Appeal
    • 21 May 2014

    Where (as here) quantities exceed category 1, so that sentences of 20–30 years might come into play as explained in the rubric to the guideline, it is an exercise of judgment to scale up the corresponding sentences for those at the bottom rung of leading along with significant and lesser roles in such a way that fairly reflects not only the part played by the offender then being sentenced but also his comparative significance within the offending as a whole.

  • R v Aramah
    • Court of Appeal
    • 17 Dic 1982

    Then I turn to the importation of Heroin, Morphine and so on: Large scale importation, that is where the street value of the consignment is in the order of £100,000 or more, sentences of seven years and upwards are appropriate. There will be cases where the values are of the order of £1 million or more, in which case the offence should be visited by sentences of twelve to fourteen years. It will seldom be that an importer of any appreciable amount of the drug will deserve less than four years.

    Next, supplying heroin, morphine, etc.: It goes without saying that the sentence will largely depend on the degree of involvement, the amount of trafficking and the value of the drug being handled. It is seldom that a sentence of less than three years will be justified and the nearer the source of supply the defendant is shown to be, the heavier will be the sentence. There may well be cases where sentences similar to those appropriate to large scale importers may be necessary.

    Medium quantities over 20 kilogrammes will attract sentences of three to six years' imprisonment, depending upon the amount involved, and all the other circumstances of the case.

  • DPP v Doot
    • House of Lords
    • 21 Mar 1973

    If it is, as in my opinion it is, a continuing offence then the courts of England, in my view, have jurisdoction to try the offence if, and only if, the evidence suffices to show that the conspiracy whenever or wherever it was formed was in existence when the accused were in England.

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    • LexBlog United Kingdom
    • Norton Rose Fulbright
    • 28 de Enero de 2021
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  • Counterfeit Drugs: An Increasing Problem Requiring A Global Solution
    • Mondaq United Kingdom
    • 15 de Mayo de 2014
    ......  presence of national drug regulatory authorities proper enforcement of drug legislation monitoring, regulation and control of the importation and exportation of medicines effective supply chain management - the ability to trace medicines (active ingredients) from original ......
  • Parallel Importation Of Pharmaceutical Products
    • Mondaq UK
    • 11 de Julio de 2016
    ...... pharmaceutical products has recently been considered by the Chancery Division of the UK's High Court in the case of Flynn Pharma Limited v Drugsrus Limited and Others. The decision provides a useful review of English law on parallel importation of pharmaceutical products. The decision of the High ......
  • Compulsory Licences: The Key To Accessing Inventions In The Face Of Coronavirus?
    • Mondaq UK
    • 2 de Junio de 2020
    ......licensing to facilitate access to vaccines, drugs, diagnostics,. devices, supplies, and other technologies useful for the. ...coronavirus. The licence allows the importation of the drug into. Israel much more cheaply from a generic pharmaceutical ......
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