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Showing 1 - 10 of 18 results for crime type "Drug offences" & area "CPS"

Nationwide Organised Crime Gang sentenced

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.

| Press Release , Drug offences, Violent crime , CPS, Cymru/Wales News

Aylesbury drugs gang jailed

Members of a cocaine-trafficking gang operating out of Aylesbury have been jailed today.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, Thames and Chiltern News

Oxford grooming gang jailed for sexually abusing teenage girls

Members of a grooming gang who sexually abused girls in Oxford in the late 1990s and early 2000s have today been jailed for a total of 49 years.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Drug offences , CPS, Thames and Chiltern News

Drug dealers who targeted Liverpool's night life sentenced

Fourteen of sixteen defendants have been jailed for a total of 47 years following a conspiracy to sell drugs in the heart of Liverpool’s night time economy.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

Nineteen people imprisoned for county lines drugs conspiracy

A criminal network that organised the transportation of drugs from Merseyside into Powys has been sentenced to more than 100 years of imprisonment at Swansea Crown Court.

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

Merseyside brothers jailed for a multi-million pounds drugs conspiracy

Two Merseyside brothers who headed up a multi-million pound drugs business and went on the run to Thailand when the net closed in on them have been jailed for a total of 28 years.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

More than 20 drug dealers prosecuted after complaints from residents

More than 20 drug dealers have successfully been prosecuted as a result of a police investigation which followed complaints about drug dealing from local residents in Tower Hamlets and Hackney.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, London North News

Gang member jailed for 15 years for 'ride-out' and running drugs line from prison

A member of one of Waltham Forest’s organised crime groups who took part in ‘ride-out’ against a rival gang before going on to run a drugs line from inside prison, has been jailed for 15 years.

| Press Release , Violent crime, Drug offences , CPS, London North News

Birmingham man jailed for extreme pornography

A Birmingham man has been sent to prison for possessing extreme pornography involving bestiality and child abuse images.

| Press Release , Sexual offences, Drug offences , CPS, West Midlands News

Teenager sentenced following drugs death of 14-year-old girl

A teenager has been sentenced to four years in a young offenders detention centre for supplying the drugs that led to the death of a 14-year-old girl.

| Press Release , Drug offences , CPS, Mersey-Cheshire News

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