Sunday, August 27, 2023

Indian-origin man jailed for smuggling banned drugs into the UK

London: An Indian-origin man and his accomplice have been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment each after pleading guilty to conspiracy to smuggle banned drugs into Britain after an investigation led by the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA).

Sundeep Singh Rai, 37, and accomplice Billy Hayre, 43, belonged to an organised crime group (OCG) responsible for 30 kilos of cocaine and 30 kilos of amphetamine being smuggled to the UK on a cargo plane from Mexico.

The duo initially denied charges of conspiracy to supply class A banned drugs, but changed their pleas to guilty just before a trial was due to start at Wolverhampton Crown Court earlier this year and were sentenced for the crimes at the same court on Friday.

“Rai and Hayre were behind a sophisticated attempt to smuggle class-A drugs from Mexico onto the streets of the UK,” said NCA Operations Manager Chris Duplock.

“I have no doubt that had we not stopped them, they would have used this route repeatedly to bring in more drugs. Working with partners at home and abroad, we will do all we can to disrupt the supply of class-A drugs which are inextricably linked to gang violence and real suffering across UK communities,” he said.

26/08/2023 Tribune

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