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Ben Brown successfully opposes an Attorney General’s Reference in the Court of Appeal


Ben appeared at the Court of Appeal on behalf of a Defendant who was sentenced to a Suspended Sentence Order for their involvement in a conspiracy to supply Class A drugs as part of Cleveland Police’s long-running Operation Spoonbill.

Operation Spoonbill investigated four gangs, based in Liverpool, Norton, Stockton, and Guisborough on Teesside that involved the smuggling of an estimated 500kg of cocaine with a street value of £17.25m into the UK, and in particular, the north-east of England.

Following detailed written and oral submissions, the reference was dismissed, and the Court of Appeal held that the sentence imposed was not outside the range of sentences reasonably available.

Ben was instructed by Trudi Burlton of PPG Criminal Law Ltd.  


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