Jersey

Jersey drug gang given prison term for cocaine plot

Left to right clockwise: Christopher Whitelaw, William Prentice, Mark Hutchison and Alan Hudson
Image caption The men admitted planning to import the drug

A drugs gang has been jailed by Jersey's Royal Court in connection with what police described as the largest ever seizure of cocaine in the island.

William Prentice, 37 of Jersey, Alan Hudson, 40, Mark Hutchison, 29, and Christopher Whitelaw, 33, of Glasgow, admitted planning to import the drug.

Prentice, Hudson and Whitelaw were all given an eight-year term with Hutchinson sentenced to five years.

The drug, with a street value of more than £150,000, was seized in June 2009.

Seemed suspicious

The court heard the group tried to import the drug in a van through a port in Jersey.

Customs officers initially did not find anything but told the court the van seemed suspicious.

The van was put under surveillance and the following day police found the cocaine hidden in the vehicle's chassis.

Det Insp Mark Hafey, of the States of Jersey Police, said: "This case involved painstaking and difficult detective work undertaken by the police in unravelling this particularly intricate and sophisticated conspiracy."

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