Punjab-origin man jailed for supplying drugs in London
Gets seven years and eight months for his role in conspiring to supply 10kg cocaine in London.Updated: May 02, 2018 23:12 IST
Punjab-origin Gurdip Samra has been jailed for seven years and eight months for his role in conspiring to supply 10kg cocaine in London, Britain’s crime officials said on Wednesday.
Samra, 44, and another drug supplier, Mark Lammin, were arrested in November 2017 by a team of the National Crime Agency (NCA) and Scotland Yard. Lammin was given a sentence of six years and six months in jail at the Kingston Crown Court.
The team first arrested Lammin after they stopped him carrying 10kg cocaine in a large holdall on Castle Road, Surrey. A short time later, officers stopped a black car parked in the vicinity of the drugs handover and arrested Samra from Leveret Close, Guildford.
During a search of Lammin’s home address, officers found a stun gun and charged him with possessing a prohibited weapon. He and Samra were also charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
Matt McMillan of the Organised Crime Partnership comprising NCA and Scotland Yard said, “Lammin was blatantly walking the streets of London with 10 kilos of cocaine in a holdall – that he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity shows that he knew exactly what he was doing. The fact he was also in possession of a prohibited weapon highlights the risk he posed.”
“The supply and trafficking of drugs is a business which relies on cash flow – the loss of an expensive commodity will stall transactions on both sides, creating a lack of trust between crime groups,” he said, adding, “Disrupting the supply of class A drugs is crucial in our efforts to tackle organised crime and the violence it causes in and around London.”