Islington man jailed for �1.3mil coke smuggling ring

An Islington man has been given an 11 year jail term for his part in a �1.3million cocaine smuggling ring.

Jeremy Sampson, 25, of Southgate Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply class A drugs after being caught moving shipments of cocaine between London and the south coast via train.

British Transport Police were tipped off about the drugs and launched and investigation which identified Sampson as a key player in the operation.

He was arrested along with Robert Jury, 38, of Upper Avenue, Eastbourne, Nasser Hossein, 34, of Sorrel Drive, Eastbourne and Nader Ashkani, 34, of Southfields Road, Eastbourne.

The Eastbourne men received a total of 15 years for their part in the smuggling when all four men were sentenced at Blackfriars Court on September 9.

The court was told that the drugs moved and sold in the conspiracy had a street value of �1.3 million.

Detective Sergeant John Wolstenholme, the investigating officer said: “I hope this case serves as a strong reminder of the fact that if you intend to use the railways to transport drugs there is a good chance you will be arrested and brought to justice.”