Van driver in disguise wearing a collar while trying to smuggle an incredible amount of Class A drugs

A van driver who attempted to smuggle £16.5 million worth of heroin and cocaine to disguise himself as a caterer has been jailed for 10 years.

Ross Patrick DeFly, 26, of Solihull, was stopped at the border in Dover and arrested in September last year.

His van contained cans of nitrous oxide canisters for the catering industry.

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But on closer inspection by the officials of the Seema Bal, it was found that 183 kg of heroin and cocaine were hidden inside, the cost of which was very high.

National Crime Agency investigators then found Deafly’s fingerprints and DNA on several packages containing 97 kg of heroin and 86 kg of cocaine.

Van driver attempted to smuggle heroin and cocaine worth £16.5 million

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DeFly claimed to have worked for the catering industry but investigators found that he had recently established companies to transport nitrous oxide canisters into which drugs were smuggled.

He was convicted on two counts of attempt to import Class A drugs and was previously convicted of possessing an offensive weapon after a baton was found in the cab.

He was sentenced today, 6 January to 10 years in prison at Canterbury Crown Court and will now be subject to a forfeiture investigation under the Crimes Act to identify and confiscate his drug trafficking cash and goods .

“It was an enormous quantity of Class A drugs with an estimated street value of £16.5 million. The seizure could be a major blow to the criminal network behind the import effort,” said NCA branch commander Mark Howes. could.”

“Organized crime groups involved in drug trafficking are often responsible for the violence and exploitation in our communities, so cutting off their international supply lines protects the public from harm caused by these dangerous drugs.

“Working with our partners in the Border Force, we continue to work on the front lines against drug trafficking.”

Drug smuggling van stopped at the border
Drug smuggling van stopped at the border

Dave Smith, regional director for Border Force Southeast and Europe, said: “The drug supply chains are violent and exploitative, abusive neighborhoods in our country.

“The sentencing of Ross DeFly this week sends a clear message to anyone considering an attempt to smuggle illegal drugs into the country that we are committed and ready to tackle the drug supply chain.

“The officers involved in this seizure can take pride in their work in preventing these dangerous drugs from entering our communities.”

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