Man on trial over £33m heroin deal
An east London man has gone on on trial accused of playing a part in a drug deal worth more than £33 million.
Abdul Matalib Shammin Rob, 30, of Ilford, is charged with conspiracy to supply a controlled drug in relation to a proportion of the total haul.
Police seized 13 boxes from cars at a motorway service station near Maidstone, Kent, in an operation in April last year, Kingston Crown Court in south west London heard.
They contained heroin weighing 330.7kg (727lb) with a street value of more than £33 million.
Dutchman Patrick Kuster, who transported the drugs to the UK was convicted of importing all the boxes at a previous trial.
Rob is alleged to have conspired to supply contents of three of the boxes in the consignment.
These contained 48.7kg (107lb) of powder - the equivalent of 30.388kg (67lb) if the heroin had been 100% pure.
The estimated re-sale price was between £2.5 million and £4 million, the court heard.
Prosecutors allege mobile phone evidence links Rob to others involved in the plan.
Nov 26 2009