4 members of a Ghanaian cocaine smuggling group have been jailed for over 28 years.
The group tried to import virtually £3 million value of the category A drug hid of their baggage on flights from Ghana to the UK.
Julius Tetteh Puplampu, 56, was intercepted by a Nationwide Crime Company investigation officers at Heathrow Airport following his arrival from Accra on 19 August 2021.
A search of his suitcase confirmed a concealment on the base, which was discovered to include six kilos of cocaine.
Puplampu was sentenced to 6 years and 9 months at Isleworth Crown Court docket final week after pleading responsible to the drug importation offences.
NCA investigators recognized that Puplampu was in common contact with compatriot Eric Appaih, 50, who tried to import 15 kilos of cocaine hidden in meals bins. Appiah was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment in June 2021.
Paplampu was additionally linked to Albert Gyamfi, 52, and Jennifer Agyemang, 38.
They’d been stopped by Border Drive officers on arrival at Heathrow earlier in 2021, with 15 kilos of cocaine hidden in a concealment in Agyemang’s suitcase – the identical kind of concealment utilized by Puplampu.
Gyamfi and Agyemang initially denied data of one another, however proof confirmed the pair rearranging gadgets in Agyemang’s suitcase earlier than checking in at Kotoka Worldwide Airport. In December 2021 they have been sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court docket to 9 years and 6 years and 9 months respectively.
Immigration Enforcement Worldwide supported the investigation by offering proof of hyperlinks between the conspirators and their modus operandi and revoking visas to disrupt their exercise.
Piers Phillips, Senior Investigations Officer on the NCA, stated: “This investigation has prevented a world cocaine smuggling group from getting their medicine to the UK market and seen the perpetrators given important jail sentences.
“Cocaine causes important hurt to our communities, usually fuelling violence and exploitation. We’ll proceed to work with home and worldwide companions to disrupt the category A medication commerce and pursue offenders.”
Kenneth Adu Amanfoh, Director Basic of Ghana’s Narcotics Management Fee, stated: “Different people in Ghana linked to this medicine provide group have lately been arrested and apprehended by Narcotics Management Fee. This can be a results of the robust collaboration between Ghanaian and UK legislation enforcement companions to counter worldwide medicine trafficking and related immigration crimes.”