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Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

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Drug Trafficking Act 1994 (c. 37)

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25(1)The Drug Trafficking Act 1994 is amended as follows.

(2)The following provisions shall cease to have effect—

(a)sections 1 to 54;

(b)in sections 55(4)(a) (orders to make material available) and 56(3)(a) and (4)(a) (authority for search) the words “or has benefited from”;

(c)in section 59 (disclosure of information held by government departments), subsections (1) to (10) and in subsection (11) the words “An order under subsection (1) above, and,”;

(d)in section 60(6) (Customs and Excise prosecution powers), in the definition of “specified offence”, in paragraph (a) the words “Part III or” and paragraph (c) and the word “or” immediately preceding it;

(e)in section 60(6) the words from “and references to the institution of proceedings” to the end;

(f)in section 60, subsections (7) and (8);

(g)in section 61 (extension of certain offences to the Crown), subsections (2) to (4);

(h)sections 62, 63(1), (2) and (3)(a) and 64 (interpretation);

(i)in section 68(2) (extent -Scotland), paragraphs (a) to (c) and in paragraph (g) the words “1, 41, 62” and “64”;

(j)in section 68(3) (extent -Northern Ireland), paragraph (a) and in paragraph (d) the word “64”.

(3)In section 59(12)(b) for the words “referred to in subsection (1) above” substitute “specified in an order under section 55(2)”.

(4)After section 59 insert the following section—

59AConstruction of sections 55 to 59

(1)This section has effect for the purposes of sections 55 to 59.

(2)A reference to a constable includes a reference to a customs officer.

(3)A customs officer is a person commissioned by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise under section 6(3) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (c. 2).

(4)Drug trafficking means doing or being concerned in any of the following (whether in England and Wales or elsewhere)—

(a)producing or supplying a controlled drug where the production or supply contravenes section 4(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 or a corresponding law;

(b)transporting or storing a controlled drug where possession of the drug contravenes section 5(1) of that Act or a corresponding law;

(c)importing or exporting a controlled drug where the importation or exportation is prohibited by section 3(1) of that Act or a corresponding law;

(d)manufacturing or supplying a scheduled substance within the meaning of section 12 of the Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) Act 1990 where the manufacture or supply is an offence under that section or would be such an offence if it took place in England and Wales;

(e)using any ship for illicit traffic in controlled drugs in circumstances which amount to the commission of an offence under section 19 of that Act.

(5)In this section “corresponding law” has the same meaning as in the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

(5)In section 60 after subsection (6) insert—

(6A)Proceedings for an offence are instituted—

(a)when a justice of the peace issues a summons or warrant under section 1 of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (issue of summons to, or warrant for arrest of, accused) in respect of the offence;

(b)when a person is charged with the offence after being taken into custody without a warrant;

(c)when a bill of indictment is preferred under section 2 of the Administration of Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1933 in a case falling within paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of that section (preferment by direction of the criminal division of the Court of Appeal or by direction, or with the consent, of a High Court judge).

(6B)Where the application of subsection (6A) would result in there being more than one time for the institution of proceedings they must be taken to have been instituted at the earliest of those times.

(6)In section 61(1) for “sections 49(2), 50 to 53 and 58” substitute “section 58”.

(7)In section 68(2)(d), for “59(10)” substitute “59(11)”.

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