Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Two Colombian drug barons who ran one of Britain's biggest ever cocaine cartels for several years are serving jail sentences of 19 and 17 years

Daily Mail:

Ruiz-Henao (left) and Tascon (right)

Former asylum seekers Jesus Anibal Ruiz-Henao, 45, and his brother-in-law Mario Tascon, 32, headed a network which imported cocaine worth tens, possibly hundreds, of millions of pounds into the country through a variety of devious means.

The scope of their network, which supplied drugs to every major UK city, was such that after their arrest the price of cocaine on the streets shot up by 50 per cent.

It was considered by the authorities to be the UK's largest drug distribution network, employing at least 50 people.

Full details of the cartel - and the police operation to smash it - could not be revealed until today.

More than 30 other people have been involved in a series of linked cases, which were covered by reporting restrictions until this morning when the last of the defendants pleaded guilty to an offense of assisting another to retain the benefits of drug trafficking at London's Southwark Crown Court.

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At 3:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering the enormous cash flow that must've been generated, they gotta have a lot of dough stashed away somewhere. And it it'll still be there when they get out, and given the loony lenient sentences in Britain, (too) often followed by early release...

Well, one wonders if sometimes crime really might not pay after all.

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