Drugs with an estimated value of more than £600,000 have been found inside a box of bananas at Wokingham in Berkshire by a Tesco worker.
The worker was unpacking the fruit, shipped from South America, when he discovered five bags. Each contained white powder, believed to be cocaine.
A man has been sentenced to four years in prison for drug possession with intent to supply.
Craig Ferrier, aged 37, of Gatcome Close, Calcot, Reading, was found guilty by a unanimous jury, after a four day trial at Reading Crown Court of one count of drug possession with intent to supply.
On 24 May 2015, Ferrier was arrested after he discarded a small package, when he was told by staff from the Zeus Nightclub, Reading, that he was going to be searched. This was found to contain cocaine as was another bag. There was evidence of intent to supply drugs found on Ferrier's phone.
Ferrier had no regard for the well-being of others and the impact that drugs can have on peoples’ lives. I hope that this conviction and sentence will make it clear to anyone who is dealing, or considering dealing, any kind of drug that they risk a significant prison sentence for their activities.
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Kent Police has used the Proceeds of Crime Act to obtain a court order which requires a man to forfeit £3,777.50.
Ravinder Deol, 31, was arrested in Knockhall Road, Greenhithe on 1 March 2014. In September, having pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing drugs with intent to supply, he received a two year suspended sentence and a 12 month supervision order.
On 3 February 2015 a confiscation hearing was heard at Maidstone Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act. Deol was ordered to repay £3,777.50 – a sum agreed based on his available assets. Failure to pay the money within three months will result in a further three months being added to his sentence.
Deol was arrested after officers had seen him speaking to another man in a suspicious manner. It was believed the men may have been buying and selling drugs.
A search was carried out on Deol’s silver Ford Focus at the scene, and 12 wraps of cocaine were found just above the brake pedal. The wraps were found in a sock which had been wedged into the dash, but part of the sock was dangling loose.
Officers also found £85 and a mobile phone in the vehicle. Deol has a further £515 in cash in his wallet, and an iPhone.
Further searches at Deol’s house in Alma Road, Sheerness, resulted in officers finding another sock containing 33 more wraps of cocaine, along with £1,490 in cash bound with an elastic band. A chest of drawers contained £720 cash.
In total Kent Police had seized £2,810 in cash and 22.69g of cocaine under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
Checks on Deol’s mobile phone showed various text messages consistent with the supplying of controlled drugs.
"Kent Police will continue to use the Proceeds of Crime Act to claim money back from criminals. Drug addiction causes so much misery to addicts and their families, it is only right that, as well as receiving a suitable sentence, we pursue the profits dealers have made and return that money to the public purse."
A 52-year-old man has been jailed for two years for possession with intent to supply drugs in Reading.
Frank Wootton from Arthur Place, Reading was sentenced to 24 months’ imprisonment at Reading Crown Court for the charge of possession with intent to supply a class A drug (heroin).
He was found guilty on 12 November 2014 at the same court following a two-day trial.
Thames Valley Police regards the supply of class A drugs as a high priority. Our residents highlight drug-dealing as a scourge, causing socio-economic damage to our communities. We will tirelessly seek to end such illegal activities and bring the offenders to justice. We welcome the guilty verdict returned in this case and hope this acts as a deterrent for anyone thinking of taking up the supply of drugs.
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Border Force officers at Dover’s Eastern Docks have seized 12 kilos of cocaine worth £2.4m.
The drugs were discovered in the early hours of Saturday 10 January when officers stopped and searched a British-registered van. The drugs were found in the vehicle’s bodywork.
The investigation was passed to the National Crime Agency and a 46-year-old man from Immingham, Lincolnshire, has been bailed while their enquiries continue.
Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe said: "Seizures like this demonstrate how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.
“Working with law enforcement colleagues like the NCA we are determined to do all we can to prevent drug trafficking and put those responsible behind bars.”
A Kent lorry driver caught smuggling 19 kilos of cocaine, worth £2.2m, has been jailed for nine years at the Old Bailey. The drugs were hidden in a lorry full of pork.
Jeffrey Nethercott, who's 49, from Queenborough, was arrested at the Port of Dover in March 2014. He was detained as a result of intelligence gained from a National Crime Agency investigation into the supply of drugs.
NCA investigators and Border Force officers were waiting for Nethercott to arrive and discovered the cocaine.
The drugs were hidden between plastics trays in a storage locker attached to the underside of the lorry.
A Lithuanian lorry driver has been jailed for five years and four months after attempting to smuggle three kilos of cocaine into the UK.
The drugs had an estimated street value of £387,000.
Border Force officers stopped a Lithuanian-registered lorry at the freight controls in the Eastern Docks, Dover on 22 September 2014. After questioning the driver, Ceslovas Gailius, a detector dog was used to search the vehicle.
The dog, Arnie, gave a positive indication to a black rucksack that had been placed between pallets in the lorry’s load of car parts. Officers opened the rucksack and found three cling filmed-wrapped packages of white powder.