Courier’ role in £1m drugs smuggle plot

PUBLISHED: 11:45 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 17:56 25 August 2010

GUILTY: Abrahim Abdul Wahid

GUILTY: Abrahim Abdul Wahid

A MAN is due to be sentenced for his role in a £1million cocaine smuggling operation.

A MAN is due to be sentenced for his role in a £1million cocaine smuggling operation.

Croydon Crown Court heard that Abrahim Abdul Wahid, of Battery Road, Thamesmead, posed as a courier employee to pick up a kilo of cocaine sent to a pet store in Herne Hill on August 8, 2009.

Two other packages had been sent to a school, also in Herne Hill.

Details of his involvement with two other gang members, James Mitchell, of Wrottesley Road, Brent, and Craig Beckford, of Rame Close, Waterloo, came out in their trial, which ended on April 30.

Wahid, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine last December.

The court heard how fellow gang member Anthony Reid, a fashion designer, had stashed a fully-loaded MAC-10 sub-machine gun in a wardrobe in a room where his children regularly slept.

The jury was told that on August 7, 2009, two packages addressed to a school were returned to a courier depot in Croydon as they could not be delivered.

Later the same day two other packages were delivered to the pet shop but again later returned to the depot because they were not expecting them.

On August 8, 2009, Wahid went to the pet shop dressed as a courier employee, provided details of the packages and asked to be informed when they arrived.

Police discovered that Wahid was once employed by a courier company and on leaving the organisation retained his ID and uniform.

Other members of the gang picked up two shipments posted to a school in Herne Hill.

Both venues were unaware of the operation or the contents of the packages.

Reid, of Royal Drive, Friern Barnet, north London, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine.

He also admitted possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Unemployed Beckford and property investor Mitchell were found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

All four men are due to be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court later this month.

At the time of going

to press, a date had yet to

be confirmed.

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