National Crime Agency
Four years in jail for Christmas cocaine smuggler who swallowed around 100 packages of drugs
A student from Brazil who attempted to smuggle cocaine worth around £80,000 into the UK the day before Christmas has been jailed.
Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro, 30, originally from Macapá in Brazil, was questioned by National Crime Agency investigators following his interception at Heathrow on 24 December 2020.
An x-ray indicated that he had swallowed around 100 packages containing cocaine, totalling around a kilo in weight, before boarding a flight from São Paulo.
Dos Santos Monteiro was initially detained by Border Force officers at Heathrow Terminal 4 before being handed over to the NCA.
He was charged with attempting to import class A drugs on Christmas Day and appeared before Uxbridge Magistrates on Boxing Day.
He entered a guilty plea and on Thursday 28 January a judge at Isleworth Crown Court sentenced him to four years and two months in prison.
NCA Heathrow operations manager Ian Truby recently said:
“This was an incredibly dangerous smuggling method. Had any one of those packages split then the consequences could have been fatal.
“Organised crime groups need drugs mules like Dos Santos Monteiro to bring their illicit substances into the UK.
“His was an important link in the chain from the producers and cartels in South America to the UK street gangs who sell these drugs.
“At every level throughout that chain we see criminals engaged in violence and exploitation, which is why we are doing everything we can to target the networks involved in international drug trafficking.”
Original article link: https://www.nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/four-years-in-jail-for-christmas-cocaine-smuggler-who-swallowed-around-100-packages-of-drugs
Latest News from
National Crime Agency
Operation Henhouse: Hundreds of arrests and millions in assets seized in month tackling fraud31/03/2023 10:05:00
The NCA’s National Economic Crime Centre has led a successful operation working closely with City of London Police and other policing partners against suspected fraudsters across the UK.
Operation Stovewood: Brothers charged with 29 sexual offences30/03/2023 11:25:00
Three brothers from Meersbrook in Sheffield have been charged with a series of sexual offences linked to the National Crime Agency’s Operation Stovewood.
Men sentenced for cash and drugs exchange at car park in Scotland28/03/2023 10:25:00
Two men seen exchanging £45,000 for two laundry bags filled with cannabis have been sentenced following an investigation by Scotland’s Organised Crime Partnership.
NCA infiltrates cyber crime market with disguised DDoS sites24/03/2023 16:05:00
The National Crime Agency has today revealed that it has infiltrated the online criminal marketplace by setting up a number of sites purporting to offer DDoS-for-hire services.
Bristol man charged over attempted drug importation22/03/2023 14:10:00
A Bristol man has been charged with drug offences following his arrest by National Crime Agency officers investigating the attempted importation of cocaine with a potential street value of around £1.75 million.
Gold shipment forfeited after NCA links it to drug cartels21/03/2023 15:10:00
The National Crime Agency has obtained a civil recovery order for gold worth an estimated £4 million that was being laundered by South American drug cartels.
Gun and ammunition importer jailed21/03/2023 11:15:00
A Czech man involved in the importation of a semi-automatic gun and live ammunition into the UK has been sentenced following a National Crime Agency investigation.
Sex offender threatened kids into keeping abuse a secret21/03/2023 10:33:00
A man from Manchester who sexually assaulted two children has been jailed for eight years and six months following a National Crime Agency investigation.