Man jailed for smuggling £400,000 of cannabis through Hornsey in grand piano

11:34 11 May 2012

The cannabis was hidden inside a grand piano.

The cannabis was hidden inside a grand piano.

Archant

»A drug smuggler who stashed more than £400,000-worth of cannabis in a grand piano has been jailed for six years.

Evan Masson, 34, arranged for the consignment to be shipped from his native South Africa to a disused warehouse in Tottenham Lane, Hornsey.

The former sound engineer boasted to a friend in a text: “My sh** arrived today. Will be in my hands probably by Tuesday. We’ll never go hungry again.”

He enlisted construction boss and fellow South African Brian Beangstrom, 60, of Wightman Road, Harringay, to help him transport the consignment, paying him just £360 to help out.

But they were caught red-handed by customs officers as they prised open the piano crate at the Hornsey warehouse last October.

The shipment – containing 143.9kgs of the class B drug worth £414,000 on the street – had been under surveillance for a week after it was intercepted by UK Border Agency officials in Felixstowe.

Masson, of Drayton Park, Highbury, took a leading role in organising the drug shipment and stood to make a “significant financial reward” said Judge Timothy Pontius.

His defence counsel claimed in court his “dire financial situation was the catalyst” for the crime.

Scott Ivill, defending father-of-two and grandfather Beangstrom, said his client believed until a late stage that they were collecting a family heirloom.

Sentencing him to 18 months in prison, Judge Pontius told Beangstrom: “It is a tragedy that someone of mature years with a commendable employment background and your lack of significant previous offences should be tempted into crime of this scale for paltry reward.”

Both men had admitted conspiracy to supply cannabis and will be deported to South Africa upon release.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The X Factor’s Chloe Jasmine Whichello is planning to get her back on Simon Cowell, following her exit.

Read more

Lukas Podolski has killed any possible rumours of him moving to Spurs.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

This bread came first in a culinary competition and is priced at £25 a loaf.

Spotify Family will enable multiple users to stream and create playlists from within a single plan.

One university has a different approach to initiating its students and, by the looks of it, it’s a lot more fun.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s husband has accepted damages after taking action over a magazine article about his family life.

Quirky London