Man who travelled on Calais to Folkestone Eurotunnel service jailed after £700,000 drugs bust

Contributed by editor on Jul 30, 2020 - 04:45 PM


A man who had driven back to the UK via the Eurotunnel service from Calais to Folkestone has been jailed after he was caught in a drugs handover at Heston in West London.

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Two men have been jailed after being caught in a £700,000 drugs handover while under investigation by the joint NCA and Metropolitan Police Service Organised Crime Partnership (OCP).

Michael Middleton, 41, and Ervis Hoxha, 31, were arrested by OCP officers on 12 March 2020 following the handover of 7kg of cocaine in Heston, West London.

Earlier that evening Middleton had driven back to the UK via the Eurotunnel service from Calais to Folkestone. He then drove to Heston and parked up on Westbrook Road, before getting out the car with a rucksack filled with cocaine.

OCP officers watched as Middleton got into the passenger seat of Hoxha’s car then moved in to arrest the two men.

As well as the drugs, officers seized almost £7,000 in cash from Hoxha’s car.

Both men admitted to supplying class A drugs. Another man, who was in Middleton’s car on the night of the arrests, was fined after pleading guilty to possession of a class A drug.

On Tuesday 28 July 2020 Hoxha was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison and Middleton to three years and five months at Isleworth Crown Court.

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