By Gangsters Inc. Editors
In the name of God, let’s get high. Of course, things aren’t that simple. Though God’s laws apply, the laws of justice tend to overrule those set by God. Especially when you are just using religion as a way to bypass the justice system, like a criminal group which used a religious charity as a front for importing 400 kilos of cannabis into the United Kingdom.
The National Crime Agency investigated 50-year-old Dalton Anderson, 45-year-old Alvin Russell, 64-year-old Sinclair Tucker after Birmingham based organization Vision Christian Ministries (VCM) was used to smuggle the drugs – worth up to £2 million when sold in the United Kingdom.
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The cannabis was trafficked from Jamaica to Britain, via Birmingham Airport, and had been packed into sealed tins of Calaloo, a Jamaican green vegetable, and Akee fruit.
It was shipped in three separate consignments addressed to VCM between March and May 2017 and seized by Border Force.
Sinclair Ory Tucker, Dalton Anderson and Alvin Russell were arrested at the airport on May 23 of that year, while inspecting the third consignment which had just arrived.
NCA investigators established that they organized the imports and collected the drugs from the airport. Anderson and Russell also spent some time in Jamaica when the importations were made, handling money and providing shipping documentation to VCM via Tucker.
Charged and convicted
All three were charged with conspiracy to import cannabis, with Anderson also charged with possession with intent to supply after five kilos of cannabis was found at his home following his arrest.
Anderson was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court on November 29, with the other two found guilty on November 30, following a five week trial. They are due to be sentenced at the same court on January 27 next year.
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“Anderson, Tucker and Russell cynically used a Christian ministry as a smokescreen to import huge quantities of cannabis into the UK,” NCA Operations Manager Rick Mackenzie said. “They wrongly believed that this would put them beyond the reach of the National Crime Agency and our law enforcement partners.”
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