Thursday, 23 August 2018

Farnborough Airport cocaine: Four guilty of smuggling half a tonne of cocaine

Four men have been convicted of smuggling half a tonne of cocaine with a street value of more than £41m into the UK on a private jet.

Fifteen suitcases of the drug were found at Farnborough Airport in January on a plane returning from Colombia.

Allessandro Iembo, Martin Neil and Victor Franco-Lorenzo were jailed for 24 years each while Jose Ramon Miguelez-Botas was jailed for 20 years.

Border Force officers said the haul was one of the largest they had dealt with.

Italian national Iembo, 28, Neil, 49, and Spanish national Franco-Lorenzo, 40, all from Bournemouth, and Miguelez-Botas, 56, from Spain, were found guilty of fraudulent evasion of a prohibition in relation to a class A controlled drug, between 30 October last year and 30 January.
Neil's brother, Stephen, who was also on trial, was found not guilty of the charge.

The court heard the four convicted men - along with Stephen Neil, who had been described by lawyers as "naive" - travelled together to Bogota, Colombia, in a jet from Luton Airport on 26 January at a cost of £138,500.

They arrived at Farnborough Airport three days later with 15 suitcases of cocaine on board.

BBC          News.

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