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Jail for drug kingpin’s son

PUBLISHED: 18:26 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 17:04 25 August 2010

A SON who helped run a multi-million pound international drugs smuggling racket with his father has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

A SON who helped run a multi-million pound international drugs smuggling racket with his father has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

Joe Chappell, 23, of Pembury Crescent, Sidcup, was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs, last Friday.

His father, Jeffrey Chappell, 47, of Rennets Wood Road, Eltham, a career criminal who passed himself off as a self-employed builder, was sentenced to 14 years on June 22 after pleading guilty to five counts of conspiracy to supply class A and class B drugs.

Together they were involved in the importation and distribution of millions of pounds worth of cocaine and amphetamines from Holland to the UK.

Crug money enabled Chappell senior to buy a £750,000 home in Eltham, designer clothing, top of the range electrical goods, a £40,000 Mercedes ML and a holiday home in Spain.

The pair were arrested on September 18 last year following a covert surveillance operation codenamed Cromer by Met police officers.

Officers worked closely with the Dutch National Crime Squad based in Schipol, Holland.

In 2007 the joint investigation identified that a criminal network - headed by the father - was organising regular monthly shipments of cocaine and amphetamine from Holland to the UK.

Once in the UK, Chappell senior had a highly organised network of dealers, including his son, ready and waiting to supply the drugs around London.

During their investigation the Dutch Police recovered £2.7 million worth of cocaine, guns, a large amount of cash and false British passports.

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