#AceNewsReport – Mar.13: Both men have been remanded into custody ahead of an appearance at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court today (Friday 12 March 2021).
Two men have been charged with a range of drug and firearm offences: ‘Nathan Loftus (19/04/1983) of Wilton Drive, Bury’
•Two counts of conspiring to import a class A controlled drug •One count of conspiring to import a class B controlled drug •Two counts of conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug •Conspiring to supply a class B controlled drug •Participating in the criminal activities of an organised crime group •Concealing criminal property •Conspiring to sell/transfer a prohibited weapon/ammunition •Selling/transferring a prohibited weapon/ammunition
Sean Doyle (17/04/1991) of Wavertree Road, Blackley has been charged with:
•Possession of criminal property •Two counts of conspiring to supply a class A controlled drug •Conspiring to supply a class B controlled drug
At around 6am on Thursday 11 March officers executed warrants in Heywood, Hollins and Blackley as part of Operation Foam.
Two men were arrested on suspicion of a range of drug, firearm and laundering offences. A large quantity of cash and other property were also seized.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.13: When the girl’s teacher became suspicious the police were informed and Clarke was arrested in January 2020 after he was identified through phone records: Despite knowing her age they started to exchange explicit photos: Clarke was also given a sex offence prevention order and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register:
Warwick man jailed for grooming 14-year-old girl: ‘A man who groomed a teenage girl has been jailed for 20 months: Jason William Clarke, aged 47, of Webb Drive, Warwick started chatting to the 14-year-old online in 2019’
Detective Constable Claire Scott from Warwickshire Police CID said: “Clarke showed typical behaviours associated with grooming. He made his victim feel special to the point where she believed they were in love; in fact he was just grooming her for his own sexual gratification: “ His actions continue to have a huge impact on his victim who has shown great bravery in supporting this investigation.”
What is grooming?
Grooming is when someone builds a relationship, trust and emotional connection with someone so they can manipulate, exploit and abuse them.
Spotting the signs of child grooming.
Spotting the signs of a child being groomed can be difficult. They may include:
Being secretive, especially around their online activity
Having an older boyfriend or girlfriend
Having money or new things such as mobile phones or clothes they can’t or won’t account for
Drinking or taking drugs
Spending more or less time online
Being upset, withdrawn or distressed
Sexualised behaviour not appropriate for their age
Going missing from home.
How to report concern around grooming
If someone is in immediate danger dial 999
If it is not an emergency call police on 101
Visit a police station to speak to an officer in person
Contact the NSPCC to speak to a professional practitioner
#AceNewsReport – Mar.12: Officers quickly identified two suspects and they were detained in Draycott Road where the knives were recovered:
Knives recovered and teenagers arrested in Coventry: ‘A 16-year-old boy was approached by three youths in Blackberry Lane, Walsgrave, at around 3pm yesterday (10 March) He was pursued by the group, but thankfully managed to escape, as officers responded to a series of calls and rushed to the area’
‘The teens, aged 14 and 16, have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and remain in custody for questioning: This is being treated as an isolated incident and we’re continuing with our enquiries’
11th March 2021:
We’re particularly keen to identify a third suspect and anyone with information or dash cam footage is asked to contact us via Live Chat or by calling 101. Quote 20CV/68807V/21.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.12: On January 28, 2018, Sanchez-Laporte and four other alleged members of the Trinidad Drug Trafficking Organization confronted four individuals selling narcotics in Reading, Pennsylvania, in a location operated and controlled by the Trinidad DTO. The confrontation escalated into threats, then Sanchez-Laporte and associates allegedly opened fire on the individuals. Three victims died at the scene, with the fourth, Sanchez-Laporte’s nephew, succumbing to his wounds at the hospital:
Help the FBI Locate Fugitive Pedro Sanchez-Laporte together with Berks County District Attorney’s Office: ‘They are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Pedro Sanchez-Laporte, wanted in connection with a quadruple murder and for gun and drug crimes’
Press release below in both English and Spanish.
Sanchez-Laporte’s associates have been indicted, arrested, and are awaiting trial in this case; only Sanchez-Laporte remains at large. He is believed to travel between Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.
The FBI is announcing a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to Pedro Sanchez-Laporte’s arrest and conviction.
Anyone with information that may be helpful to investigators is asked to contact their local FBI office, the nearest American embassy or consulate, or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. Tipsters can remain anonymous.
Attached are Wanted posters for Sanchez-Laporte in English and Spanish. He is also to be featured on billboards in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico, and has been added to FBI.gov.
El FBI y la Fiscalía Federal del Condado de Berks solicitan la asistencia del público para localizar a Pedro Sanchez-Laporte, quien es buscado en relación con un múltiple asesinato, y crímenes de armas y drogas.
El 25 de enero de 2018, Sanchez-Laporte y otros cuatro alegados miembros de la Organización de Trasiego de Drogas de Trinidad, enfrentaron a cuatro individuos que vendían drogas en Reading, Pennsylvania, en una localización controlada por dicha organización. La confrontación escaló a amenazas, cuando Sanchez-Laporte y sus asociados abrieron fuego en contra de los individuos. Tres de las víctimas perecieron en la escena, mientras que el cuarto, el sobrino de Sanchez-Laporte, murió por sus heridas en el hospital.
Los asociados de Sanchez-Laporte han sido acusados, arrestados, y se encuentran esperando juicio en este caso; sólo Sanchez-Laporte se permanece en libertad. Se cree que viaja entre Pennsylvania y Puerto Rico.
El FBI está anunciando una recompensa de hasta $25,000 por información que conduzca al arresto y convicción de Sanchez-Laporte.
Se exhorta a que cualquier persona con información que pueda ser útil para los investigadores del caso contacte su oficina local del FBI, la embajada americana amas cercana o deje una confidencia a través de tips.fbi.gov. Confidentes podrán permanecer anónimos.
Se acompañan afiches de SE BUSCA para Sanchez-Laporte en español y el inglés. Sus imágenes también serán publicadas en “billboards” en Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico, y ha sido añadido a FBI.gov.
Surveillance video shows the argument turn physical, with the suspect stabbing the teen multiple times: Police said he took off heading east on West Burnside Avenue:
The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call the NYPD’sCrime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). You can also submit a tip via their website or on Twitter, @NYPDTips. All calls are kept confidential.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.10: The first incident occurred on 31 December 2020 at around 17:00hrs. A girl was approached by a male who first exposed himself and then attempted to sexually assault her. He ran off when the victim screamed:
Detectives issue appeal after two linked sex offences in Peckham Rye Park: ‘On both occasions the male has approached girls aged under 13 and exposed himself and he is described as Asian, with black wavy or curly hair, 5ft 2ins to 5ft 4ins tall and around 15-years of age’
The male was wearing a brown or black padded jacket, black trousers and black shoes.
The second incident happened on Tuesday, 2 March at approximately 16:00hrs. A male exposed himself and performed a lewd act in front of two girls.
At this time the male was wearing a black hooded top with a white circle on shoulder and white draw strings. He was also wearing grey tracksuit bottoms.
These incidents are currently being treated as linked and detectives from Central South Safeguarding are leading the investigation.
The girls and their families are being supported by specially trained officers.
Detective Inspector Richard Poynter said: “I understand that incidents of this nature are both shocking and concerning for the local community. I want to reassure local residents that since these two offences were reported to us we have increased uniformed patrols in and around the park: “ If you have any information about who this person could be it is imperative that you get in touch with us as soon as possible. Likewise if you have observed a young man acting suspiciously in the park matching the description given please make contact.”
If you have any information that could help the investigation please call police on 101 or tweet @MetCC providing the reference cad 5015 of 2 March: Alternatively information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.07: The cocaine would be worth an estimated £1.6 million if sold on the streets of London: Vidiol Muratas and Fatjon Nakaj, both Albanian nationals aged 43 and 31, were arrested at the property and have since been charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs:
‘Two charged after £1.6m worth of cocaine and cash found in London flat: Two men have been arrested following the seizure of 20kg of cocaine and £25,000 in cash at a flat in Rotherhithe, South East London’
They appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court yesterday and were remanded in custody.
Matt McMillan from the Organised Crime Partnership said:
“We take the threat from the criminal networks involved in class A drug supply extremely seriously.
“Under the Organised Crime Partnership, the NCA and Met Police are particularly focused on disrupting the flow of illegal drugs through London and the serious violence associated with this criminality.”
#AceNewsReport – Mar.06: The sentence comes as a result of NCA’s Operation Venetic, a large scale crackdown on criminal use of encrypted communications platform Encrochat.
Five and a half years in jail for drug dealing money launderer: ‘Operation Venetic uncovered various conversations between Oliffe and other criminals facilitating the exchange of up to £50,000 at a time which Oliffe said that he would then launder through associates in Dubai’ over crackdown on EncroChat’
‘The messages illustrated that the initial exchanges of £50,000 were done to build trust so that Oliffe could then begin laundering amounts between £200k and £500k………There was also discussion of a criminal associate who was looking for somebody to launder £4m for them’
Richard Oliffe, 34 of Beckenham, Kent had been using Encrochat to communicate with fellow criminals to arrange the laundering of criminal cash over a period of at least two months. He also used the platform to buy cocaine which he then sold on.
Oliffe appeared at Southwark Crown Court yesterday, 05 March, where he received the five years and six months sentence.
Messages also showed that Oliffe was engaged in the supply of cocaine.
On 25 September 2020, Oliffe was arrested at Euston Train Station in possession of a bag containing £34,960. He was later charged with money laundering by OCP officers.
Officers searching Oliffe’s house in Hayes, Kent and found small amounts of cocaine and a £1k of cash.
Oliffe pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and money laundering.
Matt McMillan OCP Operations Manager said “Richard Oliffe believed he could use an encrypted device to conduct his criminal activity under the radar, using it to launder large quantities and to supply cocaine: “ Cash is the lifeblood of organised crime, and money launderers like Oliffe provide an essential service, allowing criminal networks to benefit from their crime and invest in further criminality: “ Removing Oliffe from the chain will have dealt a blow to the criminal networks he worked for: “ This investigation shows the commitment of the NCA and Metropolitan Police to ensure money launderers and drug suppliers face justice.”
#AceNewsReport – Mar.06: Peter Tomlinson, 63, admitted 20 charges, including ten of paying for the sexual services of a girl under 13 – by arranging, directing and paying for the live-streamed sexual abuse of children in the Philippines:
18 years for former Chamber of Commerce president who live-streamed child sexual abuse: ‘Peter Tomlinson paid for girls as young as five to be abused in the Philippines Tomlinson paid £5,511 via 127 transactions to accounts in the Philippines between May 2015 and April 2017 for a mix of live-streamed child sexual abuse (CSA) and adult sex shows’
05 march 2021
When arrested by NCA officers in October 2019 at his home on Baring Road, Cowes, he said: “The thing you’re looking for is on my computer in there. It is my escape from reality. That is all it is.”
The NCA uncovered evidence that over a three-year period (2016-2019), he repeatedly paid facilitators for the live-streamed abuse of at least eleven young girls.
The youngest was just five when the abuse began. In January 2018, Tomlinson paid £22 to view a live sex show he had requested involving the child.
In a further exchange January 2019, he said he would pay a Filipino woman £7.66 if she performed a sex act on a ten-year-old girl.
Investigators unearthed proof of thousands of messages between Tomlinson and the female facilitator – who has been arrested and the children safeguarded.
They exchanged 4,166 lines of chat on Skype – 358 indicated to be video calls and 3,809 text messages.
During those calls Tomlinson repeatedly asked for “harder” abuse footage, spelling out what he wanted to see and then complaining about what he received.
In June 2018 he paid the woman £12.99 and then complained saying for that price: “I will expect a show with two girls for 30 minutes.”
Communication between Tomlinson and the woman was at all times of the day and night with him telling her: “I am busy in meetings” and “I’m still working”.
During interview with NCA officers he admitted arranging, directing and paying for live streamed CSA and possessing indecent images of children.
His electronic devices contained 47 category A images (the most severe), 148 category B, 353 category C and 46 extreme images.
Tomlinson pleaded guilty to the initial 12 counts put to him – which included paying for the abuse of two young girls and making indecent images of children, – at Newport Magistrates Court on 18 December 2020.
NCA investigators charged him with the additional eight counts in February this year after proving he was responsible for the abuse of a further nine children in the Philippines.
Today at Newport Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to the eight charges and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
NCA operations manager Phil Eccles said: “Peter Tomlinson believed he could carry out his sickening offences from the comfort of his own home and get away with it: “ He was directly responsible for the most heinous abuse of children thousands of miles away from him: “ Live-streaming sex crimes exploits the vulnerable; he was helped in this case by facilitators whose motive is to make money: “ Live-streaming is a key threat to the UK, and one of the main forms of financially-driven offending, for which the Philippines remains a key hub: “ The NCA does important work with international law enforcement partners in the Philippines to combat these sorts of crimes: “Anyone like Tomlinson should know that the NCA and UK police will never give up our pursuit of offenders who commit these horrific crimes.”
Child protection charity The Lucy Faithfull Foundation also runs the Stop It Now! helpline – 0808 1000 900 – which offers confidential advice to anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s behaviour towards children. www.lucyfaithfull.org.uk
#AceNewsReport – Mar.06: Richard Newing set fire to Malcolm Turner’s mobility scooter at his home on Jenner Street in the early hours of Tuesday 20 August. The blaze quickly took hold, filling the property with smoke, with the force of the flames blowing out the windows. Richrd Newing has been jailed for manslaughter:
Mr Turner, who was heavily reliant on his scooter, was unable to leave the building as the fire was started at the only exit of his home.
Newing, aged 43, then walked away, leaving the house in flames and 69-year-old Malcolm for dead. Fire crews were quick to attend, however due to the ferocity of the blaze, Malcolm sadly died at the scene.
Newing, who was also charged with arson with intent to danger life, was caught on CCTV only moments later on Foleshill Road, where he was captured igniting a mattress on the front drive of a house. The property instantly lit up in flames, but fortunately the occupants were able to escape via a back exit.
Detectives investigating Malcolm’s death and the subsequent arson attack, conducted a CCTV trawl of the area tracing Newing’s movements during both attacks. He was arrested two days later after officers spotted him in Coventry city centre.Malcolm Turner sadly died as a result of the fire
Although the motive to the attacks is still unclear, during police interview Newing confessed to knowing of Malcolm, after drinking at the same pub as him prior to the attack.
Today he has been sentenced to 13 and a half years for manslaughter and six years for arson to run concurrently.
In a victim impact statement read in court, Malcolm’s sister said: “Malcolm was our brother, and our lives have changed forever, due to your actions.
“We had the privilege of him being a much-loved son, brother, uncle, husband and father before he was so senselessly and cruelly taken from us and there will always be an emptiness inside of us due to his death at the hands of you, Richard Newing.
“We, as a family, truly hope that each day you are locked up, you think of our brother and what you did, and that you see our brother’s face each time you light a match or see a flame and realise the pain and heartbreak that you have caused us.
“We can at least have the knowledge that whilst you are locked away, and I hope that is for a very long time, that you cannot put any other family through what you have put us through, and that this haunts until the end of your days.”
Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro said: “I am very pleased that Newing has recognised what he has done and saved Malcolm’s family the trauma of a full trial: “ Newing was clearly obsessed with fire and tragically the consequences of his actions led to Malcolm’s death: “ Although the residents of Foleshill Road were fortunate enough to survive the fire, their home and belongings were destroyed, so I hope they also find some comfort knowing Newing will now face time in prison: “ I hope this case outlines the seriousness of starting fires and how quickly they can spread and devastate lives.”
#AceNewsReport- Mar.05: According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Christopher Sueiro, 39, of Fairfax, used a peer-to-peer network to download images of child sexual abuse:
‘Man Convicted of Receiving, Soliciting, and Promoting Child Pornography: Sueiro was convicted of four counts: receipt; attempted receipt; possession; and solicitation of child pornography. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 16, 2021, and faces a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine the sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors he was also a member of a Darknet hidden service website dedicated to trafficking in child sexual abuse material of preteen boys, where he made posts promoting and soliciting images and videos of child sexual abuse and attempted to receive it from other users of the website.
Sueiro’s electronic devices included documents describing graphic sexual abuse of children and a guide to how to find child pornography online. He downloaded images and videos of child sexual abuse repeatedly over the course of at least four years, amassing thousands of images and videos.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Raj Parekh for the Eastern District of Virginia; Special Agent in Charge Raymond Villanueva of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C.; and Colonel Erin Schaible, Chief of the City of Fairfax Police Department made the announcement.
HSI and the City of Fairfax Police Department investigated the case, with significant assistance from the High Technology Investigative Unit (HTIU) of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS).
CEOS Trial Attorney James E. Burke IV and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nathaniel Smith III of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia are prosecuting the case.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and CEOS, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.05: This case is part of a larger investigation into the AC, Operation Noble Virtue, that has targeted AC leadership and resulted in prosecutions and convictions in six different jurisdictions to date. According to information presented in court and contained in court filings, the AC is a violent, white supremacist organization that originated in the Texas Department of Corrections and operates in federal prisons across the country, as well as outside prisons in states including Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Missouri. The AC enforces its rules and promotes discipline among its members, prospects, and associates through murder, attempted murder, assault, and threats. Members, and oftentimes associates, are required to follow the orders of higher-ranking members without question.
‘White Supremacists Plead Guilty to Violent Crime in Aid of Racketeering: Michael Martin, aka Aryan Prodigy, aka AP, 38, of Austin, Texas, and Bobby Dayle Boney, 50, of Sulphur Springs, Texas, each pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury in aid of racketeering. Martin and Boney committed the assault as part of their membership in the AC, a gang that operates in Texas and other states throughout the country’
Martin and Boney both joined the AC in the early 2000s and have gang tattoos indicating their affiliation. Both served in leadership roles within the gang. For a period of time, Martin served as an upper board member, which meant that he was one of the five highest-ranking leaders in the gang. Also, for a period of time, Boney held the leadership rank of vice president, which meant that he gave orders to other AC members and disciplined members who were not following the gang’s directives, among other things.
Prior to October 2016, AC members learned that another member wanted to switch his gang affiliation, or “patch over,” from the AC to a different gang. Martin ordered AC members to attack the former member in order to “X” him, or remove him from the gang, because it violated the AC’s rules to join another organization. AC members, including Martin and Boney, held a “church,” or meeting, at an AC member’s home in the Tyler, Texas, area where they planned the logistics of the assault.
On Oct. 2, 2016, Martin, Boney, and other AC members met at a park near Tyler to carry out the assault. On Martin’s order, Boney and another AC member violently beat the victim, including kicking the victim in the head while he was on the ground. This attack resulted in the victim seeking medical care.
Martin and Boney will be sentenced at a date to be determined.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Nicholas L. McQuaid of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei for the Eastern District of Texas made the announcement.
This case is part of a larger investigation into the Aryan Circle by an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) consisting of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Drug Enforcement Administration; Federal Bureau of Prisons; Texas Department of Public Safety; Houston Police Department-Gang Division; Montgomery County (TX) Precinct One Constable’s Office; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations; Texas Department of Criminal Justice; New Jersey Department of Corrections-Special Investigations Division; Indiana State Police; Fort Smith (AR) Police Department; Arkansas Department of Corrections; Arnold (MO) Police Department; Jefferson County (MO) Sheriff’s Department; St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department; St. Louis County (MO) Police Department; Indiana Department of Corrections; Carrollton (TX) Police Department; Montgomery County (TX) Sheriff’s Office; Travis County (TX) Sheriff’s Office; Tarrant County (TX) Sheriff’s Office; Evangeline Parish (LA) Sheriff’s Office; Smith County (TX) Sheriff’s Office; McCurtain County (OK) Sheriff’s Office; Montgomery County (TX) District Attorney’s Office; Liberty County (TX) District Attorney’s Office; Harris County (TX) District Attorney’s Office; Mercer County (NJ) District Attorney’s Office; Evangeline Parish (LA) District Attorney’s Office; and the Sebastian County (AR) District Attorney’s Office.
Trial Attorney Bethany Lipman of the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Rapp of the Eastern District of Texas are prosecuting the case.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.05: Twenty people were arrested this morning at addresses in Birmingham, Reading, Blackburn, Sunderland and London as part of an eight-month long investigation led by Thames Valley Police into the supply of drugs, fraud, money laundering and modern slavery offences.
NCA officers involved in dismantling Western Balkan crime group with one of the suspected heads of the group – a 36-year old man – was arrested by NCA officers at an address on Pershore Road in Birmingham on suspicion of conspiracy to produce and supply class B drugs.
The NCA also led raids on locations in the north west, north east and London. Two arrests were made by NCA officers in Sunderland, where two working cannabis factories were found.
A further cannabis factory was discovered at an address in Southgate, North London, where two Albanian nationals were arrested, and another arrest was also made at a location in Blackburn, where investigators found a premises they think had previously been used for cannabis production.
Specialist NCA officers – including dog handlers and forensic officers – have worked alongside colleagues from the South Eastern Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) and Thames Valley Police as part of the investigation.
Deputy Director Andrea Wilson from the NCA said: “ Today’s activity highlights just how seriously we are taking the threat from Western Balkan organised crime groups. They are involved in various forms of serious and organised criminality, including the trafficking and supply of class A drugs, organised immigration crime and corruption:
“Identifying and targeting these high harm networks requires a whole-system law enforcement approach, and anyone involved in widespread organised crime should take notice that the NCA and partners will do all we can to disrupt their activity and ensure they face justice”.
Detective Inspector Natalie Hall, of the Thames Valley Police Serious Organised Crime Unit, said: “ Thames Valley Police officers have been supported by the NCA, SEROCU and the Home Office this morning in order to carry out these warrants: “ This partnership working is vital in identifying and disrupting the most harmful individuals and organised crime groups in order to protect our communities: “ Investigating this type of criminality can be complex and time-consuming and this particular operation has been a culmination of months of hard work by officers. Therefore, I am pleased that we have been able to carry out these warrants and make a number of arrests: “ Further, I hope that this serves as a warning to those in the community who are involved in the supply and distribution of drugs as well as the exploitation of people, that we know who you are, where you are and we are committed to bringing you to justice.
“If anyone has any information or suspicions about drug supply in their area, please make a report to Thames Valley Police by calling 101 or online.
“Alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online too.”
#AceNewsReport – Mar.05: Border Force officers recovered 81 kilos of cocaine and three kilos of heroin, which would have had a street level value of £6.7 million:
‘Corrupt truckers jailed for attempting to bring cocaine and heroin into the UK through Channel port following ‘The National Crime Agency’ began an investigation into Slovenian national Adam Grzelj, 52, in April 2020 after his lorry was intercepted at Dover’ and the packages of drugs were found concealed in pallets beneath boxes of frozen pizza’
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NCA investigators brought the case to court and at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 26 February he was found guilty of importing class A drugs. He was jailed for 15 years: The second driver Kiril Petkov Hubavenski, a 34-year-old from Vidrare in Bulgaria, was detained at Dover on 20 June last year: Officers found 11 kilos heroin and 26 kilos cocaine hidden beneath the mattresses of the bunks in his cab. NCA forensic experts valued the haul at £3.2 million: Hubavenski, who had recently been released from prison in Bulgaria after being convicted of unlawful killing in 2014, was found guilty of drug smuggling yesterday (1 March) and was jailed for 16 years:
NCA Dover branch operations manager Debbie Cook said: “ Organised criminal gangs rely on corrupt drivers like these to bring their illicit commodities into the UK: “ They form a vital role in the criminal supply chain that sees violence and exploitation at every step – linking the cartels in South America to the street gangs here in the UK: “ These men have received substantial and life-changing jail terms for that. I hope it sends out a message to other hauliers who might consider doing the same: “ Working with partners like Border Force we are determined to do all we can to track down and convict anyone who would try to breach our border controls in this way.”