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One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and heroin

  1. Synesthesiac
    One law for the billionaires? Tetra Pak heir and wife caught with crack cocaine and heroin won't face court

    A fabulously wealthy couple caught with a huge haul of cocaine, crack and heroin are to escape prosecution. Eva Rausing, whose 45-year-old husband Hans is an heir to the multi-billion-pound Tetra Pak drinks carton empire, was caught trying to smuggle heroin and crack into a function at the American Embassy in London. When police searched the couple’s £10million home in exclusive Cadogan Place, Chelsea, they found more crack and heroin – and £2,000 worth of cocaine.

    [imgl="white"]http://www.drugs-forum.com/photopost/uploads/45583/article-1039493-021C4B4400000578-483_468x1031.jpg[/imgl]Hans and Eva Rausing: They will not even have criminal records
    Typically, addicts caught with such huge quantities of drugs will face a prison sentence. But at Westminster magistrates’ court yesterday, it was revealed that all charges are being dropped after a ‘protracted correspondence’ between their lawyers and the Crown Prosecution Service.

    Instead, they will each accept a ‘conditional caution’, which will probably involve them promising to attend drug misuse programmes. They will not even have criminal records, although the cautions will be recorded on police files. Critics said the move adds to the belief among many observers that the rich and famous are ignoring drugs laws with impunity. When he took office, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair announced that middle-class addicts who snort cocaine at dinner parties are not above the law.

    But he was embarrassed when the force failed to prosecute model Kate Moss despite the publication of images of her snorting cocaine. Last night, a spokesman for campaign group Europe Against Drugs said: ‘There is a general acceptance in society that cocaine use among celebrities is almost fine. It appears there is one law for normal people and another for celebrities.’ Neither Mr Rausing nor his 44-year-old wife appeared in court yesterday, when their solicitor made an extraordinary suggestion that the Press should be asked to leave to keep proceedings secret. The hearing was held in public as is usual.

    Before the hearing, Mr Rausing’s family issued a statement in which they said: ‘We hope with all our hearts that Hans K and Eva can overcome their addiction and we continue to do what we can to help.’ Court documents revealed that Mr Rausing was charged with possessing 0.2oz of crack cocaine, 0.1oz of heroin and almost 1.8oz of cocaine at his home. Mrs Rausing faced charges of possessing Class A and Class C drugs.
    But Martha Godwin, prosecuting, said the charges were being dropped, and police were issuing conditional cautions instead. District Judge Timothy Workman said the drugs charges would be formally discontinued at a hearing next month. The Rausings’ solicitor Philip Smith, told the court: ‘That is a course that is acceptable to them both.

    ‘There has been a protracted course of correspondence from my office to the Crown Prosecution Service to enable them to make that very sensible decision.’

    Mr Rausing stands to inherit the £5.4billion Tetra Pak empire built up by his Swedish father, also named Hans – who also lives in Britain. The family are said to have the seventh largest fortune in Britain. The Rausings own numerous properties, including a £50million estate in Barbados and a 3,000-acre retreat in East Sussex. Mr and Mrs Rausing have contributed huge sums to addiction charities, and Mr Rausing was long believed to have dabbled in drugs. But only after American-born Mrs Rausing’s arrest did it become public that both were addicted to crack and heroin. After being arrested, Mrs Rausing, the daughter of a Pepsi-Cola executive, said: ‘I intend to seek the help that I very much need. I am ashamed of my actions.’

    OFFENCE THAT CAN MEAN LIFE

    The maximum sentence for possession of Class A drugs is seven years in prison. And those convicted of possession with intent to supply - charges which can apply even to those providing only their own friends and relatives with drugs with no intention of making any profit - can be jailed for life.

    The sentences sound tough, but in practice the maximum penalties are almost never imposed. And as drug consumption has soared, taking Britain to near the top of the European table for cocaine abuse, there has been a huge growth in the use of cautions instead of full prosecutions leading to conviction. Labour’s downgrading of cannabis has led to a fall in prosecutions over possession of that drug, but those caught with small amounts of cocaine also have a good chance of escaping with a caution. Most people, however, would have a lot of explaining to do if caught with £2,000 worth of cocaine, plus crack and heroin.

    Hans Rausing might have struggled to explain why he had so much cocaine for personal use, but with his enormous fortune he could argue that he had no intention of profiting from the stash. Figures show that when the Metropolitan Police choose to prosecute for drugs offences, they have a 95 per cent conviction rate.


    Source: Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ght-crack-cocaine-heroin-wont-face-court.html
    By Neil Sears
    Last updated at 12:57 AM on 30th July 2008

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    The U.S. Embassy in London where drugs were discovered

    Pic from Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...muggling-crack-cocaine-heroin-US-Embassy.html



Comments

  1. dutch-marshal
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    This is sick!, poor people who have a tougher life.. get worsened by the state.. by disrupting there lives with super high tickets and high prison sentences...
    and the rich.. o well they have the money.. :(
  2. Pondlife
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    Don't forget that this is the Daily Mail, a tabloid newspaper that is well known for sexing up stories and telling partial truths. While I'm sure the facts are true, I'm also pretty sure that there is more to this than meets the eye.

    An example is this:
    It's just not possible to prosecute someone based on a photograph, because there is no way to tell what the substance is. The CPS need to know exactly what the substance is in order to charge - for all they know it could be ketamine (class C), cocaine (class A), or some RC (probably legal). Providing the person doesn't incriminate themselves (and people with good lawyers don't do that), there's zero chance of a successful prosecution.
  3. doublezero
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    swim thinks they probably grassed up there dealers and there mates that dodge the tax man

    makes me sick, swim knows friends that did time for a few g's of such drugs
  4. bubbly nubs
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    Disgusting. Immoral. Fantastically Corrupted.
  5. AquafinaOrbit
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    Messed up if true, but before I would make the judgment a better source would be nice. Same story reports on http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article3736016.ece or timesonline.co.uk but they don't look like a very quality source either. I'm not really sure of on European news ratings sites so no idea how to go about finding a legit source over there.
  6. Alfa
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    I am not understanding your responses. If you feel that people should be prosecuted and jailed for possession / use of drugs, then I would understand. This article is designed to get the exact same responses as you just gave. While I am pretty sure that many of the above posters think in the opposite direction and think that cocaine users should not be prosecuted.

    If they are able to use their contacts(it will more likely be their contacts than their money) to get of the hook, then that means there are two people saved from doing jail time without hurting anyone. I think that is good.

    This article just aims at underbelly feelings, like 99% of the daily mail its fables do.
  7. Synesthesiac
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7556164.stm

    Tetra Pak heir case discontinued

    The drugs prosecution of the heir to the multi-billion pound Tetra Pak empire has been formally dropped.

    Hans Kristian Rausing, 45, who stands to inherit his Swedish father's £5.4bn drinks carton firm, was charged with possessing Class A drugs in April. Last month he and his wife Eva Louise Rausing, 44, who faced similar charges, were given a police caution instead. The pair, of Chelsea, west London, were arrested when Mrs Rausing was caught with drugs at the US embassy in London.

    [​IMG] [​IMG] It is not a matter in which the court has any control or authority [​IMG]
    District Judge Timothy Workman

    At City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, District Judge Timothy Workman ruled that the matter had been discontinued. He said:
    "In view of the public interest, I ought to make it clear that the decision has been made by the Crown Prosecution Service, no doubt in consultation with the police, to administer a conditional caution and that has been done. "The CPS has therefore discontinued proceedings. It is not a matter in which the court has any control or authority."

    The couple were arrested in April when Mrs Rausing was found with 10g of crack cocaine and 2.5g of heroin as she entered the US embassy in Grosvenor Square, central London. Police also found more than 50g of cocaine during a search of the couple's home.

    Police review

    Following a police investigation, the Rausings were charged with drugs offences on 13 July and released on bail. But after lengthy talks between their legal team and prosecutors, they accepted a conditional police caution instead. The move sparked a review by the Metropolitan Police of its policy of charging people for class A drugs possession. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said at the time: "My own view is that cautioning in these types of circumstances sends entirely the wrong message about drug use and disregards the harm it does to communities."

    Regular drug tests

    But London's most senior prosecutor defended the decision to hand the Rausings a caution instead of tackling them in court. Chief Crown Prosecutor Dru Sharpling said the couple must take regular drug tests and attend a four-month rehabilitation course. She said: "The policy and practice surrounding conditional cautions is applied consistently to both rich and poor.
    "In the case of the Rausings, a decision was taken after careful consideration of available material that the conditional caution was a proportionate response to the offending.
    "In this case specific conditions have been attached to the order.
    "If offenders fail to comply with conditions they will be prosecuted for the offence and, importantly, the conditional caution will be recorded on the Police National Computer."
  8. doublezero
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    swim never looked at it like that alpha,guess swims jealousy for billionairres kicked in.
  9. chillinwill
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    That is a great point Alfa, It really doesn't matter who the person is that got caught but its nice to see someone get let off because how their resources. Red Rock wishes it was that way for everyone and hopes someday in the future we won't have to worry about someone going to jail for drugs. If the government would just legalize and regulate them but that's another matter and for another thread
  10. fnord
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    Do i think drug users should be given jail/other punishments? NO! but i dont belive for asecond that people should get special treatment because of there social status or ability to hire a fancy expensive lawyer,the actions of the court in this case(along with many other court desissions) sickens me to my core.

    At least teh judge didint give in to there request to remove the media from the room!
  11. Synesthesiac
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    I second the above post. The only one good thing that could be read from this from my perspective is that this sort of reasoning could start to be applied to people with less money. This is highly unlikely to happen, in reality its more likely to get harder for the poor people to get off with possession of drugs and even easier for the rich.

    It just smells of elitist hypocrisy to me. Its just like the michael jackson court case, or the special treatment drug users like pete doherty or amy winehouse get because they are rich and famous. Whereas 'common' people like us would get jail sentences.
  12. old hippie 56
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    As the old saying goes, "Money talks-bullshit walks".
  13. bman1
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    .swib does not agree with the rich getting off easier than the poor, but if they were billionaires possessing 0.2oz of crack cocaine, 0.1oz of heroin and almost 1.8oz of cocaine at their home is personal use and should not go on their record. If it were a person who only made minimum wage it would be hard to prove they were not selling that amount. So as Alpha said it is great they got off rich or not. Sad only the rich can use drugs with out repercussion. but better than getting away with a crime that hurt some one else
  14. doublezero
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    swim and his mates have used drugs for 15years, and none of them got done, but then swim and his mates never sold drugs

    if ur an adult and u repect the law, then u are left alone

    only the muppets that rob, do burgulary,sell drugs or mug off the police get fuct over by the law

    if your polite to the police, dont fight or be a dick, then swim thinks u will be left alone

    and dont be seen with twats in public. guilty by association, smile to the junky or nod and walk on......swim was a junky and hates it wen he see's those people, especially at the chemist, wen he gets his juice, condoms and lube.....always the same story '''still doin bits, i've cut down, do u need bits...' no swim dont do it, goodbye
  15. fnord
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    Why cant you sell drugs to woman?
  16. doublezero
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    swims not saying all womwn. Just its a way to get a lady to stay with a junky for longer than she would do normally. Get her hooked on smack, and if your the only one she knows that can get the junk, then she'll stay with u,

    swim knows the law enforcement take a note of it. does that get swim out of the sexist trap
  17. ComfortablyNumb
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    I have to say when i first heard about this my blood boiled, but now i see the clearer picture. If SWIM had that amount of durgs at SWIMs house he would love feel secure and know he would not go to jail for. I think we are all just a bit jealous.
  18. Synesthesiac
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    Of course we're jealous. Jealosy leads to frustration, frustration leads to anger and anger leads to being annoyed at someone. Have you seen star wars?

    So extrapolating this law, if the govenment has $ xxxxxxxxxxxx dollars, how much drugs could they be caught with before it could be classified as above personal use? Bill gates is hella lucky. He could probably buy the worlds coke supply and still claim its for personal use. Which makes him even more annoying than he already is.
  19. doublezero
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    so all swimmers need to do is have a few billion in the bank, then the party will be safe
  20. Alfa
    Re: One law for the billionaires? Rich family let off with huge haul of coke and hero

    Just invite a member of the royal family and then let the judge know that he was involved and you rather not bring this in the open in trial.

    Contacts are better then money.
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