May 24 2013 Latest news:
by Court reporter
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A Golders Green drug dealer has been jailed for smuggling cocaine from Argentina in two pairs of shorts and a gold shirt.
Ricardo Campbell, 31, of Golders Green Crescent, was caught with 357 grammes of cocaine impregnated into the clothing.
The package was intercepted by the UK Border agency at a Parcel Force depot in Coventry in February last year.
Campbell and his customer Alex Herman, 30, were caught five days later when it was delivered by an undercover police officer to Herman’s home in Friern Barnet Road, Friern Barnet, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Drug dealer Campbell had been supplying Herman’s “voracious appetite for Class A drugs” for three years, the court heard.
Campbell was jailed for six years and Herman for four years on Wednesday last week (January 18) after both were convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
Campbell had previously pleaded guilty to supply and possession of a Class A drug.
Prosecutor Nick Mather said: “On examination the package was found to contain two pairs of shorts and a gold coloured shirt. In fact those items were impregnated with cocaine, there was white powder within them.”