A criminal chief who employed female couriers to deliver drugs across London using pink backpacks has been jailed for 18 years.
Tiago De-Lima, 31, was the leader of a gang that announced a nine-page “candy store list” containing more than 90 different drugs, including cocaine, MDMA, LSD and cannabis.
Delivery to customers throughout the capital was offered from Monday to Saturday between kl. 13 and 22 of four teams of motorcycle bidders from distribution centers in Notting Hill and South Kensington in west London.
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Up to 1.35 million pounds of stockpile was seized in February this year when police raided the hubs while officers found pre-packaged pink backpacks with substances worth between £ 5,000 and £ 10,000.
De-Lima had hired an accountant, manager and four courier teams to collect profits of £ 90,000 a month via retail, while the wholesale arm traded drugs in bulk to other retailers.
Messages found on Encrochat – an encrypted messaging service that was brought down by law enforcement last year – referred to him selling fake identities, moving people out of the country with a private helicopter and bribing a prison officer to help inmates.
Police found images of kilograms of cocaine on De-Lima’s mobile phone, and he boasted of selling up to 10kg of Class A drug a week across seven different lines.
Approximately £ 200,000 in cash account went into his bank account between January 2019 and February 2021.
De-Lima, in North Kensington, was jailed for 18 years, while Vanessa Ananias, 29, from Harlesden, north London, who ran the distribution centers, was sentenced to six years after pleading guilty to the same charges.
De-Lima also pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified.
Couriers Nayene Fernandez-Silva, 25, from Kingsbury, north-west London, Andressa Santos, 25, from Waterloo, south London and Nayara Robeiro, 33, from Ealing, west London, were paid £ 220 a day to make the deliveries. Southwark Crown Court heard.
They were jailed for four and a half years on Thursday after pleading guilty to three counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, four counts of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and conspiracy to acquire criminal property.
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Judge Gregory Perrins told the gang: “Each of you was part of a professional, highly organized and well-organized crime group involved in the supply of a wide range of controlled drugs.
“The retail business supplied extremely large quantities of controlled drugs to individual users across London through a network of motorcycle bidders.”
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