Drug Gangs Send Heroin To Britain Through Post

By Alfa · Feb 27, 2006 · ·
  1. Alfa
    DRUG cartels and suppliers are increasingly using the postal system to smuggle their narcotics into Britain, according to investigators.
    Gangs are circumventing tighter Customs checks at traditional ports of entry by transporting heroin, cocaine and ecstasy by post, which is less effectively screened.
    There has also been a growth in illegal internet pharmacies in Southeast Asian countries such as Thailand that sell and post restricted medicines, including the sedative diazepam.
    Once delivered in Britain, they are consumed as recreational drugs.
    The growth in the trade has prompted calls by drugs experts for tougher penalties and more resources to be devoted to postal screening.
    Although Customs attempts to screen all letters and packages entering Britain, some of its biggest successes have been achieved by prior intelligence.
    The problem is expected to be highlighted in a report next month by the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board, which, it is understood, will warn that medicines are in high demand among drug addicts.
    One of the biggest recent medicine seizures - from Thailand - was a postal consignment of clonazepam, normally used to control bodily seizures and anxiety.
    Drugscope, which monitors drug abuse in Britain, said the scale of drug-selling through internet pharmacies was still under-researched but was potentially huge.
    A spokeswoman said: "Anyone with an e-mail account will know how many of these drugs get advertised through spam e-mail. Most of these spam e-mails you get sent are about drugs."
    Some illegal internet pharmacies are also producing drugs such as ecstasy, which they then sell on to drugs cartels.
    One of the biggest consignments of drugs by mail found was more than 16,000 ecstasy tablets seized in 2004. The investigation involved Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Thailand and Turkey.
    Cocaine abuse in Europe is also increasing, according to the UN. In the UK, the British Crime Survey estimates that almost 5% of 16 to 24-year-olds have taken the drug in the past year, although usage dropped in older age groups.
    According to the National Criminal Intelligence Service, between 35-45 tons of cocaine, with a potential street value of UKP3.5 billion-UKP4.5 billion, enter Britain each year.
    The profits to be made are highlighted by the so-called "Bling Bling"
    gang, a mob of crack cocaine dealers. Police believe they imported about UKP48m worth of the drug into Britain over two years, though they fear the actual amount could be much higher. At their peak, the gang were bringing in up to UKP3m worth a week.
    The cartel - which had about 50 members - operated from London, Paris and New York, and usually imported drugs from the Caribbean into Europe using human "mules" on passenger jets.
    Police have described it as one of the most significant international drugs gangs of its kind. This week, 14 of its members will appear before Snaresbrook Crown Court for sentencing. A further 25 people have been convicted in France, and 10 in the United States.
    According to UN investigators, most of the cocaine entering Britain comes from South America, usually via a new route through west Africa and mainland Europe.
    Consumption of heroin in western Europe is said to have stabilised and may even be declining in some areas of Britain, partly because of the growing fashion for other drugs such as cocaine. Most of the heroin trade in Britain is controlled by Turkish gangs based in northeast London.
    Cannabis remains the most popular and widely abused drug in Europe.
    Last year, about 30m people are estimated to have taken it across the continent. About 15% of 15-year-olds in the European Union smoke it more than 40 times a year.
    Britain remains one of the highest consumers of cannabis in Europe, along with other drugs including cocaine and heroin. Experts cite various causes, including Britons' "binge" mentality.

    Source: Sunday Times (UK)

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  1. Sklander
    Yeah, tougher penalties will definitely slow the flow of illegal drugs. Do these people have their heads in their asses?
  2. polloloco001
    The "Bling Bling" gang. Sounds like something Ali G would be a member of. For those of you in britain trying to immitate American hip hop fashion (hopefully very few of you post on this board) "Bling Bling" is totally out, now we rap about Platinum Grills, expensive rims, slangin dope, how to commit murdas widdout gettin caught, pimpin hoes, and the like. What it do bluuuuuh.
  3. IHrtHalucingens
    It's da ice man Paul Wall
    I got my mouth lookin somethin like a disco ball
    I got da diamonds and da ice all hand set
    I might cause a cold front if I take a deep breath
    My teeth gleaming like I'm chewin on aluminum foil
    Smilein showin off my diamonds sippin on some potin oil
    I put my money where my mouth is and bought a grill
    20 carrots 30 stacks let 'em know im so fo real

    HAHA this is what the U.S is all about.
  4. Alfa
    The story continues:

    The 'perfect neighbours' whose tidy house was £300m crack lab
    Ian Dundas-Jones (top left), Bernard Clarke (top right), Lisa Bennett (bottom left) and Sandra Dundas-Jones (bottom right) (Handout/Metropolitan police)

    TO THE residents of a quiet cul-de-sac in East London, the people at No 6 were the perfect neighbours. The garden of the terraced home was kept immaculate and the view between the net curtains showed a well-kept home.
    Some may have noticed that the owners turned up only every couple of weeks and stayed for no more than a day or two, but that was hardly cause for concern.
    Behind the neat suburban frontage, however, the property was the headquarters of an international drug cartel that for two years made up to £3 million a week by importing cocaine, turning it into crack and selling it from the house.
    NI_MPU('middle');The gang members, who are due to be sentenced today at Snaresbrook Crown Court, were part of what Tarique Ghaffur, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, called “one of the most significant organised criminal drug and money-laundering networks this country has ever seen”.
    They had so much cash that they named themselves the “Bling Bling Gang” because of the opulent lifestyle they were able to lead. Only two members of the gang had proper jobs. On one particular day £70,000 was spent on jewellery. When police raided the gang’s various premises they found designer jewellery, including Rolex and Cartier watches, and designer clothes and shoes, many of which were still in their bags, as well as clothing receipts for £50,000.
    Bags of cash were also recovered. One of the gang was caught by police as he tried to bury £64,000 in his neighbour’s back garden, dressed in his vest and boxer shorts.
    The house was the focal point for the worldwide £300 million drug operation.
    The gang had devised a complex international route by which cocaine paste and liquid would reach Britain. Three couriers were sent to the Caribbean every week to collect the cocaine paste, which originated in Colombia. From there they would travel to New York and Britain via Amsterdam and Paris, with the drugs hidden in specially adapted suitcases, sealed rum bottles and even toothpaste tubes.
    The couriers, mostly single mothers recruited in America and addicted to cocaine, would each be paid £10,000 to fly to the Caribbean and bring back the drug, which was 70 to 90 per cent pure.
    The gang even factored into their profit-and-loss estimates the likelihood of one of their mules being stopped by authorities on each journey. If the couriers refused to make the drug run, they were told that their families would be hurt. Once the couriers had arrived in France they would be guarded overnight before being sent across the Channel to London by coach, Eurostar or ferry.The court was told that the courier company DHL unwittingly imported the cocaine. One of the gang, who worked for the company, would deliver packages that had been marked for non-existent addresses. He would extract the cocaine and return the packages to the depot as undelivered. Dealers from around the country would then be told to meet near the crack house so that they could buy the drug.
    The gang’s problems began in April 2004 when a group of couriers in France was arrested and police in several countries began working together on Operation Bella Vista. At least 56 members of the gang have now been jailed in the Caribbean, France, the United States and Britain. The leaders, Ian Dundas-Jones, 35, Bernard Clarke, 31, and his partner, Lisa Bennett, 39, will be sentenced today along with other members of the gang.
    Dundas-Jones and his wife, Sandra, 44, organised the Caribbean end of the smuggling operation on the island of St Maarten. Clarke and Bennett worked at the rented house in East Ham, churning out huge quantities of crack.
    Clarke had escaped from custody in French Guyana after stabbing a prison guard and Dundas-Jones is still wanted abroad in connection with drug trafficking offences. Clarke fled to the UK with false documents.
    Dundas-Jones, of Leytonstone, East London, was convicted last year of conspiracy to import cocaine, producing a controlled Class A drug, conspiring to supply a Class A drug and supplying a controlled Class A drug to another. His wife was convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine.
    Clarke, of East Ham, admitted conspiracy to produce a controlled Class A drug and conspiracy to supply a controlled Class A drug. Bennett, of Romford, Essex, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce a controlled Class A drug and conspiracy to launder the proceeds. The others were found guilty of or admitted a range of drug charges.

    Ian Dundas-Jones was nicknamed Bowfoot, Clarke was Kofi, and Bennett was known as Sister
    At least 56 members of the cartel have been jailed in the Caribbean, France, the US and UK
    The cocaine, a sample of which is pictured left, was turned into crack and the proceeds spent on Cartier and Rolex jewellery, Versace clothes and luxurious home furnishings
    The gang members entered Britain on a temporary basis and overstayed the terms of their visas, or else used fake passports to fool Customs officers
  5. Alfa
  6. Motorhead
    If you got it you might as well spend it, eh? It must have been a wild two years! They will get a hell of a lot more than two years at sentencing.:eek:
  7. robbiedont
    Anyone naming themselves the " bling bling gang " deserves to get caught.

    /say East Side
    /emote Funny Hand Sign
  8. Motorhead
    Ahh I doubt that they took that name seriously. The media loves to print stuff like that. Who know's really. But to muster up a 300 million drug operation in 2 years, they had to have at least half a brain. Keeping an operation of that size in volume, money, and manpower would be pretty much fucking impossible to keep out of sight.
  9. robbiedont
    Either that or they are not the real brains behind the operation....
  10. Motorhead
    True enough. Interesting story. Sure more will come of this in the near future.
  11. robbiedont
    Rather than employing drugs mules, why don't they have drug addresse's

    So rather than having to carry drugs across borders/continents you have someone who is willing to take the risk of taking delivery from the postman?
  12. StigmataLectron
    Because you need to carry a lot more drugs than the postman can carry without being sniffed out by a dog, maybe?
  13. robbiedont
    Postmen and dogs don't mix really do they...
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