Inmate jailed for smuggling ring
Tuesday, August 18 2009 @ 03:39 pm EDT
Contributed by: Don Winner
Editor's Comment: Remember the thing about whether Debra Ann Ridgley might have been able to coordinate her story with Didier "Andres" Osorio in Colombia? Well, here's a guy who was able to coordinate a drug smuggling ring in Panama with one in England. Piece of cake...
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The court was told Morgan received phone calls from Moon on a smuggled mobile and then used contacts in Latin America to arrange the consignments.
The parcels, made to look like engineering parts, were sent to Cork, Ireland, and then brought into the UK by fellow gang members.
Packages were also sent to UK addresses linked to Moon's gang.
Moon then used a false name to pretend he wanted to rent storage space from a landlord in Ireland, whom he convinced to accept the drug deliveries for him.
The plot was exposed in May 2008 when former soldier Lee Standeven, 24, of Clapgate Crescent, Widnes, posted him a parcel of heroin and mobile Sim cards.
The court heard prison guards were suspicious when the envelope arrived with a Ministry of Justice emblem on it - but it was sent from Cheshire.
A sniffer dog indicated it contained drugs and the envelope was opened.
A notebook, seized from Moon's prison cell, containing phone numbers and details about the gang, helped police crack the case.
Standeven was jailed for five years after admitting supplying Moon heroin and contraband Sim cards.
Four other accomplices were all jailed for between five and eight years for their involvement.