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.
Man jailed over Heathrow cocaine smuggling attempt
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.
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.
Four drug smugglers from Spain who tried to smuggle a massive haul of cocaine through Gatwick Airport have been jailed for a total of 42 years. They were caught with the drugs in their luggage after arriving in February. The cocaine was estimated to have a wholesale value of more than £4m.