Wednesday 19 June 2019

Cocaine, cannabis, MDMA and ketamine: drugs gang's €3.3m haul

Three men jailed for a total of 27 years

Wayne Sudbury (40) from Crosby in Merseyside, was jailed for 10 years and eight months at Liverpool Crown Court for drugs offences. PA Wire
Wayne Sudbury (40) from Crosby in Merseyside, was jailed for 10 years and eight months at Liverpool Crown Court for drugs offences. PA Wire
Photo issued by the National Crime Agency of a box of cocaine recovered by officers from the National Crime Agency. Three men who attempted to smuggle £3m (€3.3m) of drugs into Dublin have been jailed for a total of 27 years and five months at Liverpool Crown Court PA Wire
Christopher Rigg (52) of no fixed address, who was jailed for 10 years and nine months at Liverpool Crown Court for drugs offences. PA Wire
Artur Jaku-Graham (32) of no fixed address, was jailed for six years at Liverpool Crown Court for drugs offences. PA Wire
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Three members of an organised crime group who attempted to smuggle £3m (€3.3m) of class A and B drugs into Dublin jailed for a total 27 years and five months.

The gang was found with 30kg of cocaine, 45kg of cannabis, 15kg of MDMA and 2kg of ketamine following an investigation in the UK.

Photo issued by the National Crime Agency of a box of cocaine recovered by officers from the National Crime Agency. Three men who attempted to smuggle £3m (€3.3m) of drugs into Dublin have been jailed for a total of 27 years and five months at Liverpool Crown Court
PA Wire
Photo issued by the National Crime Agency of a box of cocaine recovered by officers from the National Crime Agency. Three men who attempted to smuggle £3m (€3.3m) of drugs into Dublin have been jailed for a total of 27 years and five months at Liverpool Crown Court PA Wire

Christopher Rigg (52) of no fixed address, Wayne Sudbury (40) from Crosby in Merseyside, and Artur Jaku-Graham (32) of no fixed address, were jailed for 10 years and nine months, 10 years and eight months and six years respectively at Liverpool Crown Court.

All three had pleaded guilty to drugs offences at an earlier hearing.

On June 4 last year, OCP officers watched as Sudbury drove to an industrial estate in Queensferry in North Wales  and met up with Rigg, who was a HGV lorry driver.

Sudbury was seen handing two large boxes to Rigg, who then drove to Holyhead Port in Anglesey.

As Rigg attempted to catch a ferry to Dublin, he was stopped by Border Force officers.

A search of the trailer uncovered the two boxes, which contained 26kg of cocaine, and Rigg was subsequently arrested on suspicion of importing controlled drugs.

Meanwhile, Sudbury stayed at the industrial estate, where he met Jaku-Graham and handed him a bag containing a further 4kg of cocaine.

After Sudbury drove off, Jaku-Graham was stopped by OCP officers. They searched his vehicle and found packages containing 4kg of cocaine.

He was arrested on suspicion of being involved in the supply of controlled drugs.

Sudbury drove back to Merseyside and was arrested at his home.

Christopher Rigg (52) of no fixed address, who was jailed for 10 years and nine months at Liverpool Crown Court for drugs offences. PA Wire
Christopher Rigg (52) of no fixed address, who was jailed for 10 years and nine months at Liverpool Crown Court for drugs offences. PA Wire

A search uncovered 45kg of cannabis, 15kg of MDMA, nearly 2kg of ketamine and 2kg of cutting agent hidden in a loft bedroom.

An unused encrypted mobile phone and £3,740 in cash were found in a cupboard beneath the stairs.

Artur Jaku-Graham (32) of no fixed address, was jailed for six years at Liverpool Crown Court for drugs offences. PA Wire
Artur Jaku-Graham (32) of no fixed address, was jailed for six years at Liverpool Crown Court for drugs offences. PA Wire

Sudbury was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A controlled drugs and possession of class A and class B drugs with intent to supply.

Matt McMillan, OCP operations manager, said: "The OCP, working with our colleagues from the NCA Armed Operations Unit and UK Border Force, have successfully disrupted an organised crime network involved in the large-scale supply of class A and B drugs.

"Those involved in the supply of drugs perpetuate the culture of violence and we will use all the specialist capabilities available to us to combat this threat. I have no doubt the public are safer now Rigg, Sudbury and Jaku-Graham are behind bars."

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