Two men have been jailed after drugs were imported into the UK hidden in what appeared to be cans of food.
The Met state that “two parcels sent from St Lucia destined for addresses in Charlton and Greenwich in southeast London were seized by customs officials.”
Daniel Kelly, 43 was sentenced to six and a half years in jail, with Steven Gilhooly, 43 sentenced to eight and a half years.
Police state that parcels “were described as containing tinned goods (specifically condensed coconut milk and beans), when subjected to forensic examination it was identified that secreted within the first parcel was 1.95kg of cocaine and in the second 792g of cocaine.”
The continue: “in the build-up to this importation, Kelly and Gilhooly had purchased a machine can sealer and blank tin lids, allowing them to reseal tin cans. They had also purchased a number of condiments and items which would be sold in St. Lucia.
On 16 December 2018, both Kelly and Gilhooly had flown from London Gatwick to St Lucia, where on arrival they told officials that they were entering the country for a holiday and it was recorded that they had the can sealer within their luggage.
Officers established that the two parcels later found to contain cocaine were sent from a St. Lucian Post office by Kelly, who used a fake driving licence that had his image but false personal details as identification.”