Picture gallery: Sudbury woman convicted for role in £2.25m cocaine plot
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 August 2013 | UPDATED: 17:18 20 August 2013
A Sudbury woman has been convicted for her role in an organised gang linked to a haul of cocaine with an estimated street value of £2.25 million.
Jasmine Nahal, 23, of Watford Road, was convicted of conspiracy to supply cocaine and burglary of a dwelling following the seizure of 45kgs of the class A drug and £450,000 in cash.
Yesterday at Isleworth Crown Court she was sentenced to two years in jail suspended for two years for the drug offence and 18 months suspended sentence for the burglary conviction – they will run concurrently.
She must also carry out 36 hours at an attendance centre and pay £1000 compensation to the victim.
The court heard she was part of a 17-strong gang including another woman who planned to flood the streets with cocaine.
The gang were snared after officers seized a Baikal 9mm handgun at the home of Brian McCarthy in Hayes in April last year.
He was later jailed for four years.
It led them to Gary Ewen who had been using his haulage business in Hertfordshire to ship huge amounts of cocaine into the UK from the continent; and the other defendants who played a role in the criminal network
Detective Inspector Chris Heerey, of the Central Task Force, East, said: “This was a highly organized gang working to import large amounts of relatively pure cocaine before moving it to various storage locations.
“Once the main gang members were intercepted my team was able to locate the rest of the group as they tried to move the drugs to alternative locations.
“They literally fell like dominoes from the main cocaine importers at the top end right down to the street drug dealers.”
Police have not released a photo of Nahal but click on the photo gallery to see the other defendants.
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