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Hall Green man jailed after smuggling cocaine through Birmingham Airport

Solihull Editorial 28th Mar, 2024   0

A HALL GREEN man who smuggled hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of cocaine into the UK via Birmingham Airport has been jailed.

Tasco Lambert became the subject of a National Crime Agency (NCA) investigation in August 2023 after he was detained following his arrival on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Border Force officers carrying out checks on incoming passengers x-rayed his luggage, and found nine rectangular packages inside the 46-year-old’s suitcase.

Of these eight contained high purity cocaine, in total weighing around 8.25kilos.

The NCA say if adulterated and sold the cocaine would have had a street value of around £660,000.

The ninth package contained around 100g of herbal cannabis.

Lambert denied responsibility for the drugs being in his baggage, claiming he’d been to Jamaica for a last minute holiday with a friend.

NCA investigators were able to identify a further three trips made by Lambert to Jamaica in 2022 and 2023, two from Manchester and one from Gatwick.

Lambert denied importing class A and B drugs, but following a four day trial at Birmingham Crown Court a jury found him guilty of both offences.

He was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

In 2001, he was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison after being caught smuggling cannabis into Heathrow.

NCA branch operations manager Paul Boniface said: “Tasco Lambert was a professional drug smuggler who thought he could beat the system.

“He didn’t learn his lesson following his first conviction, and now he’ll serve a significant period of time in prison for this latest offence.

“Working with law enforcement partners like Border Force we are determined to do all we can to disrupt the organised crime gangs involved in drug supply, and that includes targeting couriers like Lambert who are crucial to their business models.”


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