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Three Jailed For Importing 10kg Of Cocaine In Box Of Amps

Tuesday 20th May 2014

Three men who imported 10kg of cocaine into the country, hidden in a box of amplifiers, have been sentenced for a total of 30 years in jail.L-R - Joseph Akukalia, Yobely Diaz-Mesa and Innocent Ochei. Photo: Met Police

Joseph Akukalia, Yobely Diaz-Mesa and Innocent Ochei were found guilty at Kingston Crown Court.

The drugs were estimated to have a street value of nearly £1.4 million. 

A consignment of 20 amplifiers were sent from the Dominican Republic to a London address last summer.

The box was intercepted at Heathrow Airport and the cocaine was found hidden inside the boxes. 

Police then launched an intelligence investigation to catch the men accepting the consignment at a house in Clapham, then driving it to a different address. Officers were then able to make arrests.

Detective Inspector Robert Boggon, of the Middle Market Drugs Partnership, said: “The concealment techniques used by this organised criminal network show the lengths some people will go to in order to traffic Class A drugs and avoid detection."