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Man jailed for conspiracy to supply drugs

19 Sep 2017

Paul Prescott, 53, from Alicante, Spain, pleaded guilty during a trial at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday 12 September.

On 14 June 2016, UK Border Force intercepted an HGV on its way to a warehouse in Bedfordshire. Inside the lorry was a number of wooden crates which contained parts for motor vehicles and large quantities of Class B drugs; amphetamine, herbal cannabis and cannabis resin.

An investigation revealed that the warehouse unit had been booked under a false name. Prescott, who is previously from Liverpool, was identified as a suspect after his blood was found on packaging containing herbal cannabis, that was within a box in the lorry.

Officers continued to investigate and made a number of arrest attempts, and Prescott was arrested at Manchester Airport in March this year after using his passport to fly back out to Spain, where he had been living.

Prescott was originally charged with three counts of being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of a Class B drug, but this was changed during the trial to three accounts of conspiracy to supply drugs.

He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to supply herbal cannabis, and not guilty to the other two charges. He was sentenced to 26 months in prison, with the cannabis resin and amphetamine offences ordered to lie on file. 

Detective Sergeant Matt Inwood, who led the investigation, said: “Our investigation means that over 658 kgs of Class B drugs have not made their way to the streets. I’m pleased Prescott has been given a custodial sentence as drugs cause extreme harm in our communities, and we will take action against those who supply them to others.”

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