A Bromley man who attempted to smuggle drugs inside his bottom through Gatwick Airport has been jailed.
Clayton Johnson tried to bring 1.5kg of cocaine into the UK – swallowing 56 packages and concealing others within two specially modified pairs of shoes.
Another four were stuffed in his rectum.
The 52-year-old Jamaican national, had intended to sell the drugs to repay a £6,000 debt incurred by damaging a boat in Jamaica.
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Isleworth Crown Court heard Johnson flew into Gatwick Airport from Jamaica on August 29. Border Force officers searched his suitcase and found he had concealed cocaine within two pairs of shoes.
He was arrested for importing Class A drugs and subjected to a body scan, which revealed a number of packages inside his stomach.
The case was then passed on to the NCA (National Crime Agency).
When questioned, Johnson admitted that he had arranged for packets of cocaine to be concealed in his shoes, to be concealed in the soles of two pairs of shoes.
He also told NCA officers that he had swallowed further packages and others were in his backside.
Johnson said that he had intended to sell the drugs to make money to repay a debt of £6,000 to a man whose boat he had damaged around three-and-a-half years ago.
He also admitted to previously attempting to smuggle cocaine from Jamaica to the UK in 2012.
On that occasion he swallowed packages of cocaine, but fell ill and was admitted to hospital where the packages were recovered.
Johnson, of Downham Way, Bromley, was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison last week.
Johnson’s actions were “incredibly dangerous”
Andy Noyes, Branch Commander at the NCA said: “This was not the first time that Clayton Johnson had attempted to smuggle cocaine into our country, and his sentence reflects his repeated efforts to break the law for financial gain.
“Swallowing these powerful drugs was incredibly dangerous, and could have caused great harm to Johnson; or if his venture had succeeded, to members of the public”
“By removing this cocaine from the market, the NCA and Border Force have prevented it from ending up on UK streets, where class A drugs fuel violence and exploitation
“We continue to work with partners to target and disrupt organised crime groups, and protect the public.”
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