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R v Mee

Drug offences - Sentencing - Travel restriction order - Appropriate length - General observations on imposition of travel restriction orders

5 March 2004

The defendant (M) appealed against a 15 year travel restriction order (TRO) under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, s 33 made following a conviction of importation of class A drugs, namely cocaine. M had imported, from Jamaica, 1.95 kilos of pure cocaine with a street value of £150,000 concealed in tins of fruit juice. M pleaded guilty and the judge sentenced him to seven years' imprisonment on the basis that he had deliberately travelled to Jamaica with the sole purpose of importing drugs, having established a connection on a previous visit. M contended that the TRO was excessive as it would run from when he was released from prison and would mean he would be 50 years old before he could travel anywhere in the world. ISSUE Whether the travel restriction order of 15 years, made under s 33 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, imposed following conviction for importation of cocaine, was manifestly excessive. HELD (Appeal allowed) In all the circumstances the TRO...

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