Five Men Arrested For ‘Smuggling N25billion Worth Of Cocaine On A Private Jet From Colombia To UK (Photos) – A gang of five ‘drug dealers ‘ were last Monday arrested for ‘smuggling ?25Billion (£50m) worth of cocaine on a private jet flown from Colombia To UK.
The five men, two Brits, two Spaniards and an Italian were held after half a tonne of the class-A drug were allegedly found in their luggage.
The five suspects were named as brothers Martin James Neil, 48, and Stephen John Neil, 53, from Poole in Dorset, Italian Alessandro Iembo, 28, from Bournemouth; and Spaniards Victor Franco-Lorenzo, 40, and Jose Ramon Miguelez-Botas, 55.
According to Mail Online, three of the suspects Brit bricklayer Martin Neil, Italian chef Alessandro Iembo and Spaniard Victor Franco Lorenzo, are said to have travelled to Bogota for two days in December before returning with the other two men late last month to allegedly pick up the cocaine at a five-star Marriott hotel.
Colombian confirmed that a fake police officer helped ensure the drugs left the country.
The UK’s National Crime Agency described the cocaine seizure as a ‘major blow to organised crime’ which they say was one of the largest flown into Britain by plane in recent years.
They were remanded in custody till March 1 after appearing at Uxbridge Magistrates Court last Wednesday charged with importing cocaine.