Saturday, September 30, 2017

Gang smuggled £10m cocaine through Heathrow helped by bent baggage handlers

Baggage handler Joysen Jhurry
Helped by bent baggage handlers, suitcases full of drugs arrived on flights from Brazil and would be tranfered to the domestic reclaim belt for a courier arriving on an international flight to collect. The courier would then be able to pass through lower level security without difficulty.

Investigators intercepted six consignments of cocaine and one bag of cannabis, but much more got through. The seized bags contained more than 100 kilos of coke with a purity of up to 77 per cent.
Preetam Mungrah, 43, and Wilfred Owusu, 30, were found guilty of conspiracy to smuggle the drugs by a jury at Kingston crown court. Heathrow handler Joysen Jhurry, 40, had already admitted involvement. The court heard drugs would be smuggled on to a plane on the tarmac at Rio de Janeiro.

The ring targeted the same weekday flight to Heathrow’s Terminal 5. On its arrival, Jhurry would search for the luggage on the tarmac and move it.