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Pilot Who Flew £33m Of Cocaine Into UK Jailed

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A pilot who smuggled £33.5m of cocaine into the UK on his light aircraft has been sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Andrew Wright, who was nicknamed "Biggles", imported 268kg of the class A drug on eight trips over a three-month period in 2014.

The 52-year-old had established an aerial photography business to cover up his drug trafficking.

Mark Dowling, who concocted the scheme, was jailed for 24 years - while his right-hand man, Jamie Williams, received a 23-year sentence at the Old Bailey.

Judge Nicholas Cooke QC told the three men their smuggling crimes were "off the scale" and of "exceptional seriousness".

"Biggles" had taken his nickname from the fictional aviator and adventurer - and he would fly each drug haul from Germany to Breighton Airfield in North Yorkshire after an accomplice had collected the cocaine from Holland.

The court heard how the cocaine had a street value of £4.25m.


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