Kingpin codenamed ‘Jaguar Palace’ who ran vast international drug smuggling network trafficking heroin and cocaine worth £58 million into the UK using £15,000 encrypted phones is jailed for 21 years

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Robert Brooks


A drugs kingpin behind a vast international drug-smuggling network that trafficked £58million worth of heroin and cocaine into the UK was jailed for 21 years this afternoon.

Robert Brooks, 50, was behind the largest-ever drugs conspiracy investigation launched by the Easter Region Special Operations Unit, St Albans Crown Court heard.

He tried to conceal the operation with a £15,000 encrypted phone contract, using the name Jaguar Palace.

Between 2018 and last summer he had overseen 39 separate deliveries of heroin and cocaine to a rented unit at Little Samuels Farm in Hunsdon, East Hertfordshire.

But in August of last year detectives, having gathered the intelligence they needed, were ready to move against Brooks and his associates.

That month the network’s last two deliveries were intercepted with 45 kilos of heroin and 70 kilos of cocaine being seized.

Taking into account the 39 deliveries detectives knew about, it was assessed that 1,835 kilos of Class A drugs had been imported with a total value was between £42million and £58million.

The drugs would come into the country from Europe hidden in lorries hidden under the bottom of consignments of worthless goods.

One such load was a shipment of spider catcher devices that were of such little value they were thrown away in a skip.

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