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Drug dealers attempted to smuggle £250,000 worth of cocaine in cans of baked beans

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Two smugglers who tried to smuggle Class A drugs into the UK from the Caribbean, hidden in cans of baked beans and coconut milk, have been jailed.

Daniel Kelly and Steven Gilhooly, both 43, used canned goods to ship around 2.74kg of cocaine with a street value of more than £250,000.

The Snaresbook Crown Court heard that on December 20 and 24, 2018, two St Lucia parcels bound for addresses in Charlton and Greenwich, south-east London, were seized by customs officers.

The forensic examination found that the first package contained 1.95 kg of cocaine and the second contained 792 g of cocaine.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) and Met were already investigating Kelly and Gilhooly and found that they had bought a can sealing machine and empty tin lids to reseal tin cans.

They also bought a range of spices and other goods to be sold in St. Lucia.

Four days before the first package arrived in the capital, Kelly and Gilhooly flew from Gatwick to St Lucia, where they told officials they were arriving on a holiday and border officials noted that they had the can sealer in their luggage.

Officials later determined that the two packages of cocaine were mailed from a St. Lucia post office by Kelly, who used a fake driver’s license with his picture but false personal information as ID.

Kelly was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on Wednesday, while Gilhooly was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for importing class A drugs into the UK.

Detective Inspector Matthew Webb of the Met Police Specialist Crime Team said: “This should send a clear and strong message to those intending to penetrate our borders that crimes of this nature are taken very seriously and we will be doing everything we can to bring them.” to justice.

“Both men traveled to St Lucia for the sole purpose of importing Class A drugs back into the UK.

“The miserable impact that drug supply is having on our communities is undeniable and inseparable from the violence within our communities.

“Both men were willing to take such a risk with this offense – they thought they were outside the reach of the law and hoped to monetize profits.

“Instead, they now face hefty prison terms. I hope this gives them a chance to reflect on their behavior and shows that crime doesn’t pay.”

Additional coverage by SWNS

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