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Two corrupt British Airways baggage handlers helped smuggle £32million of cocaine and cannabis stuffed in suitcases through Heathrow, gang jailed for a total of 139 years

Deux Mauriciens mêles dans cette affaire de trafic de drogue, Joysen Jhurry et Preetam Mungrah ont été condamnés. Joysen Jhurry, 41 ans a écopé de 15 ans de prison. Preetam Mungrah, son beau-frère, a lui été condamné pour complicité.

Voici un extrait de l’article de Daily Mail.

 

 

 

This is the moment a gang of 13 drug smugglers led by two corrupt BA baggage handlers who imported £32million of cocaine through Heathrow were busted before being jailed for more than 139 years today.

Ringleader Joysen Jhurry, 41, moved drug-laden suitcases flown in from Brazil from the international arrivals carousel to the domestic arrivals hall to avoid security checks.

Jhurry was aided by another corrupt baggage handler, Mohammad Ali, 41 and his brother-in-law, Preetam Mungrah, 44, who acted as his right hand man to help send bags full of drugs through Britain’s busiest airport.

CCTV footage reveals how their drug trafficking scheme was finally busted on December 15 2016.

Jhurry was filmed picking up the drug-laden bag from a Rio flight and putting it on a luggage carousel for a flight from Manchester.

Felicia Kufour was waiting in arrivals to pick up the bag but BA staff noticed the Rio suitcase should not have been there and wheeled it away.

Kufour then tried to flee only to be intercepted by border force officers.  Members of the gang were then arrested in separate simultaneous raids across the south of England.

The ‘highly-organised’ and ‘longstanding professional conspiracy’ saw drugs smuggled from Brazil to Heathrow Terminal 5.

Just over 100 kilograms of cocaine, which had an average of 78.5% purity, was seized during the 15-month scam.

Jailing the 13-strong gang of baggage handlers, mules and dealers today for a total of 139 years Judge Michael Hopmeier said: ‘Millions of people use Heathrow each year and depend on the honesty and integrity of baggage handlers to do their job properly, but it is not simply a question of confidence in flight so far as a passenger getting his bag on arrival, but there is a security concern also, particularly in the times we live in.

‘The defendants, Jhurry and Ali, were able to take advantage of particular security weaknesses which existed at this time, in so far as they were able to attend air-side on days when they weren’t to be working.

‘They were able to get on the electric tugs and move about on days when they were not rostered to be there and go to planes – any plane – without being challenged even if they weren’t due to be working on that plane.

‘They took advantage of that weakness and that has implications pertinent to security, as well as to the particular criminality in this case.’

Jhurry was aided by another baggage handler, Mohammad Ali, 41 and his brother-in-law, Preetam Mungrah, 44.

Mark Agoro, 52, Damion Goodhall, 30, Wilfred Owusu, 30, and Michael Sutherland, 48, were the wholesalers with international contacts who were able to rake cash in for the gang.

 

The ringleaders Heathrow were Joysen Jhurry aided by another baggage handler, Mohammad Ali, 41 and his brother-in-law, Preetam Mungrah, 44, (left to right). They were jailed between 16 and nine years

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5607713/Corrupt-baggage-handlers-smuggled-hundreds-kilos-cocaine.html#ixzz5D0IB7ijc
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