Trio of drug dealers boast ‘we’re going to hit the jackpot’ in over £ 4.5million undercover sting

Three men who used a moving company as a cover for their drug trafficking were arrested after police overheard them bragging about their plans at a cafe.

Mark Youell, 64, was heard telling his partners Alfred Rumbold, 65, of Orpington, and Brian Wright, 73: “We’re going to hit the jackpot.”

The trio conspired for around 55 kilograms of Class A drugs, worth an estimated £ 4.5million, in the first lockdown last year.

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The men had encountered an organized criminal group based in Merseyside who wanted to use Wright’s legitimate moving company as a front for the operation.

Wright, from Folkestone, Kent, had been on a ‘fictional race’ in July 2020, taking his truck to the Netherlands and taking notes on border checks and security.

The three men, in their sixties and sixties, were heard to say they had “hit the jackpot”

The next day, the men met at a Kent cafe, unaware that secret eavesdropping devices had been put in place by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Officers overheard the men discussing border controls, as well as Youell bragging that they had hit the jackpot and were going to make “mega fucking dough.”

Wright performed the first real race the following week, collecting the drugs that had been sealed in aquariums.

His truck was raided just outside Utrecht, the Netherlands, as part of a joint operation involving the NCA and Dutch law enforcement.

Wright was sleeping inside the truck at the time, but was awakened and arrested, denying any knowledge of the drug.

Dutch police recover 20.5 kilograms of heroin, 32 kilograms of cocaine and three kilograms of MDMA.

The moving truck was raided and approximately 55 kg of Class A drugs were covered
The moving truck was raided and approximately 55 kg of Class A drugs were covered

Youell, from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, and Rumbold were arrested at their home at the same time, both denying the drug importation charges and claiming they were only looking to smuggle alcohol, cigarettes , tobacco and cannabis.

After a seven week trial at Isleworth Crown Court, the three men were convicted of conspiring to import Class A drugs yesterday (Friday 19 November).

They will be sentenced next Friday (November 26).

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NCA Regional Investigator Peter Stevens said: ‘This conspiracy involved a significant amount of drugs that were destined for the streets of the UK, where they were allegedly distributed by criminal gangs implicated in violence and operation.

“Thanks to the NCA’s secret investigation into their activities, we were able to prove that the criminal group was able to make huge profits for itself.

“This survey also shows the value of international cooperation to stop the drug supply, which is a priority for the ANC.

“I am grateful for the support of our Dutch partners in obtaining these convictions. “

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