NRI father-son duo jailed in major UK drugs scam
An Indian origin father-son duo, termed "career criminals", has been jailed in Britain for a total of nearly six years for their role in one of the largest international drugs scams.india Updated: Apr 26, 2010 20:45 IST
An Indian origin father-son duo, termed "career criminals", has been jailed in Britain for a total of nearly six years for their role in one of the largest international drugs scams that involved using an industrial cement mixer to help the gang mix and package the drugs.
Jogendranath Rajcoomar, 57, and his son Sunil Rajcoomar, 25, are among seven drug operators – who were convicted and sentenced at the Birmingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracies to supply and import amphetamine and cannabis.
The gang was led by Anthony Spencer, who has been in and out of prison for over years for drugs, firearms, fraud and theft.
The network was uncovered following a joint operation between the Serious Organised Crime Agency, the Warwickshire Police, the West Midlands Police and the Dutch Police.
Coventry-based Jogendranath Rajcoomar, who was a former prison governor, provided financial and logistical support for the network.
He made large cash deposits into his accounts to fund Spencer's travel to and from Holland. One of the safes was found in his garden.
A large number of mobile phones and SIM cards were also recovered. He was sentenced to three years nine months.
Sunil Rajcoomar was involved in the movement and stashing of drugs in the UK and Holland.
After receiving Western Union payments from his father, he paid a month’s rent on the farm being used in Amsterdam.
He was regularly seen with Spencer. He was sentenced to two years.
Others sentenced were Christopher Pollock, Michael McGlinchey, John Mitchell, Mark Adderley and Stephen Lismore.
The jail terms imposed on the convicted totalled 44 years.
SOCA Deputy Director Andy Sellers said: "These are career criminals who wanted to make a lot of money through drug trafficking with no regard for the harm they would cause communities and individuals.
They spent a long time planning how they were going to flood the UK with vast quantities of drugs but we were one step ahead of them. We were watching their every move and the evidence obtained was so strong they had no choice but to plead guilty".
First Published: Apr 26, 2010 20:42 IST