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Drugs kingpin guilty plea

An international crime network responsible for importing more than 50 tonnes of cannabis and cocaine into the UK has been smashed. The last remaining kingpin, Philip Baron, pleaded guilty to conspiracies to import drugs and money laundering today.

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International criminal network 'completely dismantled'

The Serious Organised Crime Agency have said their investigation into the criminal activities of Philip Baron, dubbed Operation Beath, has "completely dismantled several high-level organised crime groups".

The following evidence has been collected:

  • £800,000 seized on streets of the UK
  • £10,297,523 evidence cash collected in the UK
  • 1,900kg cocaine, seized in South America
  • 71kg of cocaine, seized in the UK and Spain
  • 8,900kg cannabis, seized in the UK and Spain
  • 51 tonnes of cannabis imported into the UK
  • 1.2 tonnes of cocaine imported into the UK

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