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Shorter jail terms for exploited drugs mules

People who smuggle drugs will face more lenient sentences if they have been exploited, under new guidelines.

The change in approach on "drug mules" is the first comprehensive set of rules on drugs offences from the Sentencing Council for England and Wales.

The council said judges should distinguish between those who have been exploited by gangs and criminals heavily involved in the drugs trade.

But it said large-scale drugs producers should expect longer jail terms.

Andrew Fagg reports.

  • 24 Jan 2012
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