The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Old Spanish Customs

I have just watched a BBC 'Panorama' programme about Customs and Excise prosecutions. A good friend of mine sits on a bench outside London that deals with an airport. Airports mean drug importations: so what do you think these are worth?

(All defendants plead not guilty - all have no previous convictions).

Importation of cannabis resin, street value £300

Importation of herbal cannabis, 1.3 kilos

Importation of Cocaine, swallowed, 500 grams, street value £25,000

Importation of Cocaine in baggage, 5kg, street value £250,000

Importation of Cocaine by Captain of freight aircraft - 290kg, street value at least £14 million.