Lewisham and Greenwich men jailed for smuggling millions of pounds worth of cocaine in banana crates with gang of eight

The gang of 10 were sentenced last week

The gang of 10 were sentenced last week

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Two men from Lewisham and Greenwich have been jailed for attempting to smuggle millions of pounds worth of cocaine in crates of bananas and pineapples with their gang of eight.

Norman Burton, of Catford, and Donald Chambers, from Charlton, met Portsmouth dock worker Shaun Wilson, 46, and their accomplices in pubs and service stations in an attempt to diverse the scheme.

Shipments coincided with Wilson's shifts at the dock, but officers of the National Crime Agency were watching and subsequently seized a 26kg batch of cocaine hidden in a pineapple crate in a shipping container.

Both 57-year-old Burton and Wilson were jailed for 14 years with Chambers being sentenced to 13 years.

Gerry McGowan of the NCA said: "Wilson abused his position of trust by providing the crime groups with details of suitable ships, routes and times."

Other men included Ray Godber and David Roberts from Essex, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, Richard Edwards from Barking, 20 years, Jason Flisher, from Folkstone, jailed for 16 years, Errol Heibner from Bow, 14 years, and Eric Ward from Portsmouth, sentenced to 10 years.

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4:38pm Sun 31 Aug 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Usual numb nuts posing for the usual crime.
Sentences not bad, could be better.
Streets, a tad safer till the next bunch of low lives carry on where this pact of nerds have finished off.
Usual numb nuts posing for the usual crime. Sentences not bad, could be better. Streets, a tad safer till the next bunch of low lives carry on where this pact of nerds have finished off. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -15

7:06pm Sun 31 Aug 14

white rabbit9 says...

Government hate competition.
Government hate competition. white rabbit9
  • Score: -25

7:56pm Sun 31 Aug 14

SidcupResident says...

Good to see some fairly decent jail sentences given for once.
Good to see some fairly decent jail sentences given for once. SidcupResident
  • Score: 65

4:37am Mon 1 Sep 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Oh dear the comments appear to have offended, were they to near the truth for comfort one wonders?
Oh dear the comments appear to have offended, were they to near the truth for comfort one wonders? sarfflondonbird
  • Score: -10
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