Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Expat jailed in UK drugs haul

A UK national, who lived in Gibraltar and was linked to a gang arrested in April last year in Britain after the Metropolitan Police Force’s Territorial Crime Squad followed an articulated lorry packed with the drugs from Croydon to Birmingham, has been jailed.

The vehicle was found in a lockup garage on an industrial estate and Police arrested five of the gang members - the sixth was arrested nearby after delivering the lorry to the others.

Police found half a ton of cannabis stashed in the false floor panels of the lorry’s trailer which had a street value of £1 million.

The court heard the gang had been running drugs for at least 18 months and could have made several million pounds. Leonard Hughes, 64, a UK national who was living in Gibraltar admitted the role he played and was sentenced to six years in prison.

Anthony Hart, 37, an exporter and UK national who was living in Spain admitted the crime and was sentenced to five years and three months in jail.

The driver of the lorry, James Anthony Boyle, 36, of Stechford, Birmingham, was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after admitting conspiring to supply cannabis.

Ringleader William Surrey, 37, a builder from Goodwin Road, Waddon, Leslie Gillam, 47, of Kenwood Ridge, Kenley and Daniel Brandon, 36, of Sycamore Close, South Croydon were jailed at Kingston Crown Court on April 8 for their part in the crime.

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