Fixer in plane smuggling crime group ordered to hand over £123,000

A convicted member of a crime group which used a plane to evade border controls, and sought to profit from importing hundreds of kilos of drugs into the UK, has been ordered to hand over £123,000 he made from his criminal activity.

Jamie Williams, 39, from Amery Gardens in Romford (pictured) was arrested in Pimlico in January 2015 and found to be in possession more than £40,000 and a kilo of cocaine.

National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police officers from the Organised Crime Partnership searched a flat linked to him in Upminster and discovered another large amount of cash, a gun, ammunition and another five kilos of cocaine.

Investigators identified that he was the middleman in a criminal group which flew drugs worth millions in the criminal market to the UK via a rural airfield in North Yorkshire.

Williams’ role saw him collect drugs in the Netherlands, drive them to Germany and put them on a plane flown by Yorkshire-based pilot Andrew Wright. He would then drive back to the UK and pick the drugs up at the other end, delivering them to Mark Dowling, a dealer in Essex.

A ledger found by NCA officers at Dowling’s home listed payments made to Williams and Wright.

In February Williams was sentenced to 23 years in prison after admitting supplying class A drugs and possessing a firearm.

On 9 September a judge at the Old Bailey ordered him to pay £123,225 that financial investigators had identified he made from his criminality under the Proceeds of Crime Act. He has three months to pay, or he will get an extra 2 years on his sentence.

Spencer Barnett, from the joint NCA and Met Police Organised Crime Partnership, said: “Jamie Williams was a serial drug smuggler who our financial investigation showed made hundreds of thousands of pounds from his crimes.

“The main driver behind his criminality was profit, so we have ensured that not only will he spend a long time behind bars but when he comes out he will not be able to benefit financially from his wrongdoing.”

The Organised Crime Partnership brings together officers from the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police to protect the communities of London from the harm inflicted by organised crime.

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