Bird egg smuggler jailed for three years
A prolific bird egg smuggler has been jailed for three years and one month after he was caught trying to bring protected eggs into the UK.
Jeffrey Lendrum, 56, pleaded guilty to four offences on the second day of his trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on January 8. He was imprisoned today [January 10].
Lendrum had been caught with the eggs strapped to his body by a sling hidden underneath a heavy coat at Heathrow airport on 26 June 2018.
The prosecution was able to prove that Lendrum knowingly smuggled the eggs in to the country for commercial gain by trying to evade customs.
Remi Ogunfowora, of the CPS, said: “We worked with our partners in the National Crime Agency to ensure this prolific bird egg smuggler faced appropriate charges.
“We hope the sentence passed deters others from becoming involved in the damaging trade around rare and endangered wildlife.”
Notes to editors
- Remi Ogunfowora is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS London North
- Jeffrey Lendrum admitted four offences of evasion of a prohibition, contrary to section 170(1) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.