Search

Thetford and London men jailed for combined total of 45 years for involvement in £34m cocaine smuggling operation in Brandon

16:54 07 August 2012

Terance Smith, from Thetford.

Terance Smith, from Thetford.

Archant

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.

- For more information about this court case, see the link at the top-right of this page.

Related articles

Other news

Yesterday, 19:20
Left to right: Nico Dobben (former headteacher), Elizabeth Truss MP, Christopher Tomlinson (deputy headteacher), Christine Oakes (chair of governors)

A free school in the constituency of a former education minister and free school champion is set to be put into special measures.

Wed, 15:47
Thetford Academy prom, held at Lynford Hall on July 16, 2015.

Thetford Academy students have marked the end of the year in style with a glamorous prom at Lynford Hall.

Wed, 12:36
Left to right: Nico Dobben (former headteacher), Elizabeth Truss MP, Christopher Tomlinson (deputy headteacher), Christine Oakes (chair of governors)

A free school designed to help children that do not fit into mainstream education has been judged “inadequate” by Ofsted inspectors.

Wed, 12:30
Thetford Community Association has received £4,500 from the Breckland Youth Advisory Board.

If ever proof was needed that good things can come in small packages, Thetford Community Association (TCA) would be a fine example.

Most Read

Wed, 15:47
Thetford Academy prom, held at Lynford Hall on July 16, 2015.

Thetford Academy students have marked the end of the year in style with a glamorous prom at Lynford Hall.

Read more
Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A NEW heritage trail of Thetford's churches will be launched on Saturday St Peter's Church.

The trail leaflet is a new addition to the family of trail leaflets around the town, guiding visitors around the places of worship in the town centre and giving a flavour of the town's rich ecclesiastical past taking in the Cluniac Priory and the Canons of the Holy Sepulchre.

Read more
Friday, July 24, 2015
How much would it cost you to insure this car?

A staggering postcode lottery for people insuring their cars in Norfolk and Suffolk can today be revealed – with some motorists paying £600 more than those living just half a mile away.

Read more
Friday, June 12, 2015
Land Group director David Winch(left), Breckland Council leader Michael Wissell(centre) and Phil Browne from Farrans Construction break ground to start the Thetford Riverside Development.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

The regeneration of a run-down town centre has begun after the first spade was put in the ground on a project to build an £8m leisure development.

Read more
Andrew Fitchett
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Norwich Crown Court. Photo: Adrian Judd.

A 43 year-old man has been jailed for 56 months after he sexually groomed a young girl starting when she was just nine or 10.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 11°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Thetford and Brandon e-edition today E-edition