Essex pensioners caught in sting plotting to import £4.5million worth of Class A drugs into the UK
A 64-year-old Essex pensioner was recorded telling his elderly gang mates how they were going to “make f****** mega dough” as they plotted to import GBP4.5million worth of Class A drugs into the UK. ark Youell, from Clacton-on-Sea, was heard making the remarks to his criminal partners Alfred Rumbold (65) and his 73-year-old Rolls-Royce-driving buddy Brian Wright by undercover cops. The National Crime Agency used covert listening devices to catch the trio in a sting operation as they discussed plans to import 55kg of narcotics in a Kent cafe.
NCA officers listened in as the three pensioners debated border controls, coronavirus and expressed delight at the prospect of “hitting the jackpot” in the July operation. The day before, Wright who is the owner of a removals company, had successfully completed a mock run in which he took a lorry to the Netherlands. The Rolls Royce loving motor enthusiast made a list of notes detailing security and border force details on his phone on the return journey.
The following week he collected the drugs that were stashed inside fish tanks and arrived in Utrecht. However, the truck was raided just outside the city as part of a joint operation involving the NCA and Dutch law enforcement and Wright, who was sleeping inside, was arrested. Dutch police recovered 20.5 kilos of heroin, 32 kilos of cocaine and three kilos of MDMA.
An NCA spokesman said: “During the period of the conspiracy, the trio had a series of clandestine meetings with a Merseyside-based organised crime group who wanted to import class A drugs utilising Rolls Royce-driving Wright’s legitimate removals company. “At the same time NCA officers moved in on Youell and Rumbold, arresting them at their home addresses. Phones seized included a number of Encrochat and Sky ECC encrypted devices.”
NCA regional head of investigations Peter Stevens, added: “This conspiracy involved a significant amount of drugs which were destined for the streets of the UK, where they would have been distributed by criminal gangs involved in violence and exploitation. “Through the NCA’s covert investigation into their activities we were able to prove the crime group stood to make huge profits for themselves.” All three were found guilty of conspiring to import class A drugs following a trial at Isleworth Crown Court
They will be sentenced on November 28.
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