Heroin worth over £1.6million siezed by police has led to the jailing of two men for a combined 19 years for fraud and drugs offences in Milton Keynes.
Charles Cornelissen, 54, a Dutch national, and 23-year-old Joshua Liversedge, of Crompton Street, Liverpool, were imprisoned for twelve years and seven years respectively at Aylesbury Crown court yesterday.
Cornelissen was charged with dealing with goods with fraudulent intent on April 29 this year.
Following a seven day trial at the same court, a jury found Cornelissen unanimously guilty on Tuesday.
Liversedge was charged with supplying a controlled drug of class A, heroin, on 24 April this year and pleaded guilty to the offence at the same court on October 2.
At about 9.20pm on Wednesday, April 23, a Dutch HGV was located by plain clothes officers parked in Chippenham Drive, Kingston, Milton Keynes.
Cornelissen was seen removing a large bag from behind the footplate of the cab, which contained 20 brick sized blocks, later identified as 16.5kg of heroin.
The street value of the heroin was £1,650,000.
Whilst at the scene, other police officers observed a white transit van in Whitehall Avenue and noticed the driver appeared to be paying close attention to the HGV.
The transit van was subsequently stopped by the officers and the driver, Liversedge, was arrested.
Investigating officer, Det Con Kim McHugh of Force CID based at Milton Keynes, said: “I am delighted with the sentences given to both Cornelissen and Liversedge at court.
“I hope their sentences will serve as a reminder to anyone who is involved in fraudulent behaviour or the supply of drugs that you will be caught and punished.
“The street value of the heroin found in this case was £1,650,000. I would like to thank all the officers and staff who worked on the investigation and prevented this haulage of drugs reaching our streets.
“I would also like to thank the Crown Prosecution Service for securing convictions against these two defendants. The streets will certainly be a safer place now that Cornelissen and Liversedge are behind bars.”
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