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£2.5m Cocaine Airplane-Drop near Faversham Field earns Three Jail-Time

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Three men have been jailed at the Old Bailey after using a light aircraft to drop cocaine with a street value of £2.5m over the Kent countryside.

    Andrew Barrett, Michael Mealing and Jonathan Hart were being watched by the National Crime Agency before the drop into a field near Faversham last June. Judge Stephen Kramer QC said it was a "sophisticated and commercial" scheme.

    Barrett was jailed for 16 years, Mealing for 12 years and six months, and Hart for 10 years and nine months.

    The high-purity cocaine had a wholesale value of more than £1m. Father-of-three Barrett, 41, of Cheddington, in Buckinghamshire, Mealing, 41, of Corsham, Wiltshire, and Hart, 60, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to importing the drug.
    Barrett also admitted possessing class A and B drugs with intent to supply and money laundering.

    Together the men plotted drop-off sites and carried out reconnaissance, unaware they were under surveillance.

    All three were arrested within hours of picking the cargo up on 23 June 2016.
    In the boot of a car driven by Mealing and Hart to a builder's yard in Faversham, investigators found 31kg of cocaine in three fuel containers packaged with heavy-duty tape.

    Barrett was spotted in Watford in a white van and apprehended. In the van was 18kg of cocaine, 1kg of MDMA and 15kg of cannabis. The stash had a combined street value of more than £1.5m, the court heard.

    Speaking after they were sentenced Steve McIntyre, from the National Crime Agency's Border Policing Command, said the gang had "attempted to exploit perceived weaknesses in border controls."

    BBC/Jan. 7, 2017
    Photos: British National Crime Agency
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    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. dr ACE
    i love the bit at bottom the border patrols says "the gang attempted to take advantage of precieve weekness in border". Obviously there is massive weekness in border security or else there would'nt be millions of Britions getting high on coke every day, how arrogant and dumb are these people
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Yeah, like a poor attempt by local police agencies at writing their own PR...awful.

    As you know all too well too, Dr, poorly thought-out government drug policy/philosophy is pushed whenever the opportunity presents itself. They figure that even if only a small percentage of their readers buy into it, the intent to hype drug news coverage celebrates some level of success. And they'll settle for any nowadays.

    It truly is a war of words - one the more enlightened can win if we stay strong, focused and insistent.
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