Suffolk: Men jailed for 45 years for drug smuggling

07/08/2012

Two men who conspired to smuggle class A drugs in containers of Pineapples, have today been sentenced to a total of 45 years imprisonment.

Frederick Colverson, 56, who was found guilty after trial of conspiracy to supply a class A controlled drug, was sentenced to 25 years and Terance Smith, 57, who had previously pleaded guilty to the same offence, was sentenced to 20 years.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how 174 kg of Cocaine with an estimated street value of £34m was found in an industrial unit in Brandon, Suffolk. The drugs were hidden in boxes of imported pineapples which were intercepted by police officers following a tip off from Smiths estranged girlfriend.

The court heard how the drugs were found under false bottoms in 1,500 boxes imported to Felixstowe from Costa Rica.

Crown Advocate Paul Scothern of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "We are extremely pleased with the outcome of todays hearing. These men attempted to place a massive quantity of class A drugs on the streets of Suffolk and beyond, and were also involved in other shipments of drugs that had previously come into the county.

"Drugs blight the lives of communities and it is reassuring to know this seizure, which is the largest seen in Suffolk, has been removed from the streets and that these men are not in a position to distribute them.

"The CPS takes these matters very seriously and this case highlights our commitment to prosecute these cases rigorously through the courts."