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Pilot 'Biggles' jailed for 19 years for smuggling £33m of cocaine

Andrew Wright smuggled the drugs into Breighton Airfield in Selby Credit: NCA

A pilot nicknamed Biggles has been jailed 19 years for his role at the centre of a plot to smuggle £33.5 million worth of cocaine into Britain from Germany in his light aircraft.

Andrew Wright, who took his name from the fictional aviator and adventurer, imported some 268 kilos (591lbs) of the Class A drug in eight trips from Breighton Airfield in Selby to Germany and back over three months in the autumn of 2014.

The drugs were smuggled using this plane Credit: NCA

The 52-year-old along with the plot's mastermind Mark Dowling, 43, and his trusted lieutenant Jamie Williams, 38, were handed stiff deterrent jail sentences at the Old Bailey.

Judge Nicholas Cooke QC told them the amount they smuggled was "off the scale" and of "exceptional seriousness ".

"Big fish" Dowling was handed 24 years in jail and his right hand man Williams received 23 years.

The drugs were smuggled into Breighton Airfield Credit: ITV News

Although people may think that we are a quiet, rural county this case goes to show that serious and organised crime does happen here and Wright's arrest prevented a large quantity of Class A drugs making it onto the streets.

– Detective Constable Pete Wakefield, of North Yorkshire Police's Special Branch