Thamesmead man jailed for five years for drug trafficking
PUBLISHED: 12:29 16 April 2014
A man has been sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to smuggle more than £400,000 worth of cocaine into the UK.
Kwame Raymond, of Warrior Close, Thamesmead, swallowed packages of the drug worth more than £400,000 after he arrived at Stanstead airport from a flight from Amsterdam.
But on his arrival, Mr Raymond was stopped by Border Force officers to who he claimed to be coming back from the Netherlands following a funeral and it was only after questioning that he admitted swallowing around 100 packages containing drugs.
Border Force regional director Phillip Holliday said: “This case shows the lengths smugglers will go to in their attempts to bring class A drugs into the UK.
“Those who swallow packages like this are risking their lives. If any one of those packages had split it could have been fatal.”
It was later revealed by forensic tests that the packages contained around 2.2k of cocaine, valued at around £421,000 if sold and dealt on the streets in the UK.
The hearing took place on Monday at Isleworth Crown Court, where Mr Raymond pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges and was sentenced to five years imprisonment.
Mr Holiday added: “Border Force officers are on the front line of the fight to stop illegal drugs like cocaine making it onto the UK’s streets.
“Working with the NCA we are determined to do all we can to tackle traffickers and the criminal groups behind smuggling.”
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.