Former Metropolitan policeman jailed for £200m drug plot

By Finn Mac Cool · Mar 18, 2010 · Updated Mar 18, 2010 ·
  1. Finn Mac Cool
    A former Metropolitan Police detective has been jailed for 22 years for his part in a £200m cocaine-smuggling plot.

    Michael Daly, 49, who is already serving eight years in jail for a similar conspiracy, was "driven by greed", police said.

    Daly, who admitted playing a key role in the plot, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court in London.

    Alan Wells, 56, of Blenheim Road, Sidcup, who admitted his part in the conspiracy, was jailed for 15 years.

    'Pivotal role'

    Daly, of no fixed abode, used skills and knowledge gained while working as a Metropolitan police drug squad detective to smuggle 1,500kg (3,300lbs) of cocaine into the Irish Republic.

    He was "pivotal" to the plot's success and was due to share in the huge profits, the court heard.

    He was in overall charge of the logistics and also had local knowledge to plan the operation, as his family lived on the coast in the Irish Republic, the court heard.

    Wells was paid £100,000 for his role in helping Daly to organise the logistics.

    However, Daly and the gang were foiled when their boat ran out of fuel in rough seas and was shipwrecked off the Irish coast on July 2, 2007.

    Three other men - Perry Wharrie, Martin Wanden and Joe Daly - were convicted in Cork, the Irish Republic. A fourth man, Gerard Hagan, was jailed after pleading guilty to being involved in the plot.

    Last month, John Edney, 57, of Sutton-at-Hone, Kent, who was accused of being part of the plot, was found not guilty of conspiring to supply class A drugs.

    Thursday, 18 March 2010

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