Drug-dealing pair convicted after hiding £1m of cocaine in electric compartment hidden inside bookcase
Drug dealers who hid £1m worth of cocaine in a secret remote control activated compartment inside a book case have been jailed for a total of 20 years.
The remote control was found underneath a baseball cap in the bedroom of Amber May, 30 (pictured left). When it was activated, a hidden compartment lifted up to reveal 9.64kg of cocaine, worth a street value of £1m, inside.
May claimed another person had installed the bookcase while staying in the property and said she had been unaware of the drugs. She was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine after a trial and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment today [November 2] at Kingston Crown Court.
The man she said had stashed the drugs without her knowledge - Klisdorin Lumnica, 24 (pictured below) - had earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply drugs. He was sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment today.
The prosecution was able to show images of Lumnica collecting drugs from May’s flat in Southborough Road, Surbiton, south-west London, as well as telephone message evidence of the conspiracy. Texts were exchanged between May and Lumnica about the remote control asking him to ‘remember to put the blind down’.
Lumnica was also seen handing a package to Arthur Bennett, 46, on 17 April 2018 in Epsom, Surrey. When the car was stopped shortly after the handover police found 2kg of cocaine in the boot with a street value of £200,200, which Bennett admitted was his. He was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment for possession with intent to supply cocaine.
He was also sentenced to nine month’s imprisonment for possession with intent to supply class B drugs. Police found cannabis in the Epsom home he shared with Melissa Leming, 34.
She also admitted possession with intent to supply of class B drugs and was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months with 100 hours of unpaid work.
Andrew Hope, of the CPS, said: “Our prosecution was able to prove a case against each of these drug dealers.
“Amber May claimed she had no knowledge of this drugs stash but the CPS was able to prove she was trusted by Klisdorin Lumnica to look after a large and valuable quantity of cocaine.”
Notes to editors
- Andrew Hope is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS London South
- Amber May, 30 [DOB: 04/01/1988] of Surbiton, found guilty of conspiring to supply class A drugs between 11 January 2017 and 18 May 2018
- Klisdorin Lumnica, 24 [DOB: 10/07/1994] of Epsom, pleaded guilty to conspiring to supply class A drugs between 11 January 2017 and 18 May 2018
- Arthur Bennett, 46 [DOB: 17/01/1972] of Epsom, pleaded guilty to possessing class A drugs with intent to supply (cocaine found in his car) and possessing class B drugs with intent to supply (cannabis found in his home)
- Melissa Leming, 34 [DOB: 10/07/1984] of Epsom, pleaded guilty to possessing class B drugs with intent to supply (cannabis found in her home).