Two Ghanaians have been sentenced to more than 34 years in prison by a judge, Michael Hopmeier, in the United Kingdom for their involvement in a gang who smuggled about £32 million worth of cocaine and cannabis stuffed in suitcases through Heathrow, while another Ghanaian is awaiting her sentence.
The Ghanaians who included Mark Agoro, 53 was jailed for 14 years and 6 months and Wilfred Owusu, 30 was jailed for 20 years, while Felicia Kufour who was also implicated in the trial is awaiting her sentence.
Felicia Kufour was waiting in arrivals of Heathrow to pick up the bag from Brazil but British Airlines staff noticed the Rio suitcase should not have been there and wheeled it away.
Kufour then tried to flee only to be intercepted by UK border force officers. Members of the gang were then arrested in separate simultaneous raids across the south of England.
The ‘highly-organised’ and ‘longstanding professional conspiracy’ saw drugs smuggled from Brazil to Heathrow Terminal 5.
Just over 100 kilograms of cocaine, which had an average of 78.5% purity, was seized during the 15-month scam.
Wilfred Owusu organised couriers to fly in and collect the luggage and walk away without any customs checks, Southwark Crown Court heard.
Meanwhile, Mark Agoro was arrested in connection with a separate conspiracy in August 2015 when he was caught handing across 141 grams of cocaine underneath a table at a Burger King in King’s Cross.
Cocaine was intercepted on six occasions by the National Crime Agency and a total of 101 kilos was seized.
The police swooped on 15 December 2016 and were able to catch almost all of the gang in coordinated strikes that day.