Three Birmingham men were convicted of smuggling £ 2 million of Jamaican cannabis through a religious organisation.
After Vision Christian Ministries in Birmingham smuggled 400 kilogrammes of cocaine, Tipton residents Dalton Anderson, 50, Sinclair Tucker, 64, and West Bromwich resident Alvin Russell, 45, were probed.
The cannabis was transported from Jamaica to the UK via Birmingham Airport in sealed Callaloo and Akee tins.
Border Force seized three Vision Christian Ministries-addressed cannabis shipments between March and May 2017.
On May 23 2017, while assessing the third cargo, the three guys were detained.
They imported narcotics from Birmingham airport. Anderson and Russell handled money and shipping documents for Vision Christian Ministries through Tucker in Jamaica during importations.
Anderson was charged with possession with intent to provide class B narcotics after five kilos of cannabis were seized at his residence after his arrest. All three were charged with conspiracy to import class B drugs.
Birmingham Crown Court convicted all three after a five-week trial. On January 27, 2019, the same court will sentence them.
“Anderson, Tucker, and Russell cynically utilised a Christian ministry as a cover to bring vast quantities of cannabis into the UK,” stated National Crime Agency Operations Manager Rick Mackenzie. They mistakenly imagined this would shield them from the National Crime Agency and our law enforcement partners. Border Force and NCA collaborate to eliminate drug trafficking networks.