Thetford and London men jailed for combined total of 45 years for involvement in £34m cocaine smuggling operation in Brandon
PUBLISHED: 16:54 07 August 2012
Two men have been jailed today for a total of 45 years for their involvement in a £34m cocaine smuggling operation which resulted in Suffolk police’s largest seizure of class A drugs.
Suffolk company director Terance Smith and unemployed Frederick Colverson were arrested after police raided an industrial unit in Highbury Road, Brandon last October and discovered 174 kilogrammes of high-purity cocaine hidden in the bottom of boxes of pineapples.
Smith, 57, of Ethelreda Drive, Thetford admitted conspiracy to supply class A drugs and Colverson, 56, of London denied the charge but was found guilty by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court after a two week trial which ended yesterday.
The arrests of the men followed an intelligence led operation which had taken place over several months with officers gathering information relating to the importation of cocaine through Felixstowe Docks.
Colverson was jailed for 25 years and Smith for 20 years.
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