Tuesday, April 17, 2018

139 years in prison for U.K. Cocaine ring

Surveillance teams from Britain's National Crime Agency, the UK's Border Force and Heathrow Airport spent 18 months watching two British Airways baggage handlers move suitcases containing cocaine off planes and onto baggage carousels. The bags would be collected by couriers arriving on internal flights from other airports in the UK who could exit Heathrow domestic arrivals without having to go through customs control. The couriers, who would each receive a message on WhatsApp with a picture of the suitcase containing the drugs they had to pick up, were arrested separately. The cocaine was flown in from Brazil on at least six occasions.
The BA baggage handlers, Joysen Jhurry 41 and Mohammad Ali 41 received 16 and 15 years respectively. Preetam Mungrah, 44, the go-between the airport workers and the drug dealers has been sentenced to 13 years and six months in jail.

Four more people, Damion Goodhall, 30, Wilfred Owusu, 31, Mark Agoro, 52 and Michael Sutherland, 48 were responsible for organizing cocaine to be trafficked into London from Brazil. Sutherland's assistant, Leiona Townsend-Barley, 32, looked after logistics.

Joysen Jhurry