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Officer guilty of cocaine given curfew

A serving Metropolitan Police officer has pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine.

DC Ian Payne, who was based at Hammersmith and Fulham, was given a three month curfew at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court today. He must also pay costs of £155.

The 45 year old was arrested while on duty in Wimbledon on November 1. He's currently suspended pending a misconduct hearing.

Man jailed for cocaine dealing

Saulius Pilipavicius was caught red-handed in Leytonstone supplying cocaine. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A 50 year-old man has been jailed for six years for supplying almost a kilogram of high-quality cocaine. Lithuanian Saulius Pilipavicius was arrested as he exchanged a bag of the drug with another man in Leytonstone in April.

Detective Inspector Rob Murray said: "We believe that Pilipavicius came to this country to sell significant quantities of Class A drugs on London streets. In this case, he attempted to exchange almost one kilogram of cocaine, which has a street value of £200,000.

"We welcome today's sentence which has ensured that a drugs supplier - part of an international drugs supply chain - has been removed from our streets."

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Air stewardess charged over cocaine haul

An air stewardess has been charged following the seizure of around six kilos of cocaine at Heathrow Airport.

Border Force officers discovered the drugs on a bus which had been used to transport air crew following a flight from Lagos to London by Nigerian carrier Arik Air.

It is estimated that the cocaine, if cut and sold on UK streets, could have had a potential street value of around £600,000.

The stewardess, Temitayo Daramola, 37, was later charged with attempting to import a class A drug.

She appeared before Uxbridge magistrates in west London yesterday where she was remanded in custody until her next court appearance on June 4.

A second crew member arrested at the same time as Daramola on Monday has been released.

Police arrest man after finding cocaine worth £5 million

Police have arrested a man in east London after finding cocaine worth an estimated £5 million.

The 23 year old was taken into custody by officers from the Metropolitan Police's central task force east upon discovery of 37 kilos of the Class A drug at the property in Golden Lane, Clerkenwell.

The officers raided the property shortly before 9pm yesterday.

The cocaine was stored in three bags and the suspect was arrested in nearby Fann Street on suspicion of possession of Class A drugs with intent to supply.

Scotland Yard said he remains in custody at an east London police station.

Acting Detective Inspector Tim Grinsted said: "This seizure demonstrates the tireless work of my officers to track down those responsible for putting drugs on the streets.

"I hope this sends out a clear message to those people - our officers will find you, arrest you and you will face the full force of the law."

Cocaine gang jailed

A 42 year old Christmas tree salesmen and a man from Croydon who drove around London with half a million pounds stashed in a sports bag are among 4 people sentenced to 54 years in prison for supplying drugs.

The group were arrested in a police operation last November after being tracked by officers who uncovered the gang's plot to supply 100 kilograms of cocaine with a street value of £25m.

Cash in gym bag
Cash in gym bag Credit: Met Police
Cocaine block
Cocaine block Credit: Met Police
Cocaine blocks
Cocaine blocks Credit: Met Police

Man jailed over Heathrow cocaine smuggling attempt

John Teebon.
John Teebon. Credit: Police handout

A man has been jailed for six and a half years after he was caught attempting to smuggle cocaine worth more than half a million pounds into the UK.

John Teeboon, aged 56, now of no fixed abode but originally from Darley Dale in Derbyshire, was arrested at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on Sunday 26 August as he stepped off a flight from Madrid. He had travelled from Peru.

Upon examining his luggage Border Force officers found one of his suitcases contained a white powder, which was concealed within a false bottom.

Field tests revealed the powder to be cocaine and Teeboon was arrested for attempted drug smuggling.

In total the seizure was found to weigh almost four kilos and forensic analysis showed it would have had a UK street value of more than £520,000.

Teeboon admitted a charge of attempting to import a class A drug and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

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False wall hides huge cocaine stash

Police discovered an enormous stash of cocaine in three safes hidden behind a false wall in a lock-up building.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police's central task force stopped a 26-year-old man in Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire, yesterday afternoon, after he left the building in St James's Road.

They found he had a kilogram of cocaine on him, and the man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

Trio charged over £10m cocaine haul

Three people have been charged after more than £10 million worth of cocaine was recovered by police, sources said.

The drugs, totalling approximately 200kg (440lbs), were found in London after being smuggled into the UK from South America.

Gilmar Gil Solano, 24, from Deptford, Paula Sanchez, 32, of Muswell Hill and Martha Santiago, 35, of Woolwich, were charged yesterday with conspiracy to import Class A drugs.

They will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court tomorrow.

£3m worth of cocaine found on ship

30 packages of cocaine were found in the ship's accommodation area. Credit: UK Border Agency

A haul of cocaine worth an estimated value of £3 million has been seized from a cargo ship that had arrived in east London. The drugs were found on Monday by Border Force officers carrying out a routine search on the ship from Brazil at the Thames Refinery, Silvertown.

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