Daniel Kelly and Steven Gilhooly, both 43, used canned goods to try to ship about 2.74kg of cocaine with a street value of more than £ 250,000.
Snaresbook Crown Court heard that on December 20 and 24, 2018, there were two shipments sent from Saint Lucia intended for titles in Charlton in Greenwich in south-east London, customs officers seized it.
A forensic examination revealed that there was 1.95 kg of cocaine in the first package and 792 g of cocaine in the second.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) and Met have already investigated Kelly and Gilhooly and found that they bought a can closing machine and empty cans to reseal the cans.
They also bought a set of spices and other goods to sell in St. Lucia.
Four days before the first package arrived in the capital, Kelly and Gilhooly flew from Gatwick to St. Lucia, where they told officials they were coming on vacation, and border officials noted they had a can seal in their luggage.
Police later discovered that two packages of cocaine were sent from the post office to St. Lucian by Kelly, who used a fake driver’s license that had his image but fake personal information as an ID card.
Kelly was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on Wednesday, while Gilhooly was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for importing Class A drugs into the UK.
Detective Inspector Matthew Webb of the Met Police Specialist Crime team said: “This should send a clear and strong message to those who intend to penetrate our borders that crimes of this nature are taken very seriously and that we will leave a stone unturned. triggered them. to justice.
“Both men traveled to St. Lucia for the sole purpose of importing Class A drugs back to the UK.
“The vigilant effect that the supply of drugs has on our communities is indisputable and inextricably linked to violence in our communities.
“Both men were willing to take a risk with this crime – they thought they were out of the reach of the law and hoped to make money.
“Instead, they now face high prison sentences. I hope this will give them a chance to reflect on their behavior and prove that the crime does not pay off. “
Additional SWNS reporting