Drugs gang dressed up as couriers to deliver £2m worth of product on mopeds across London

Five people have been jailed for a total of 37-and-a-half years after dressing up as couriers with identical pink backpacks to deliver drugs using mopeds across London.

Tiago Thomaz De-Lima, Vanessa Ananias, Andressa Santos, Nayara Robeiro and Nayene Fernandez-Silva – all aged 25 to 33 – had all pleaded guilty at Southwark Crown Court to three counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, four counts of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs and conspiracy to possess or acquire proceeds of criminal property.

While gang leader De-Lima was slapped with an 18-year sentence, all the other members received jail terms between four-and-a-half and six years. In total, the five gang members will spend 37-and-a-half years behind bars.

A sixth individual, Larissy Nascimento, will receive his verdict at the court on November 19.

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Police seized stashes of cocaine, Methamphetamine, Amphetamine, Chloromethcathione, Cannabis, LSD, Magic Mushrooms, cannabis sweets and prescriptions drugs
(Image: Metropolitan Police)

Throughout the proceedings, the court heard how the gang members wore courier uniforms and identical pink backpacks to deliver drugs by moped to different locations around London.

The gang’s ringleader De-Lima was said to have used a highly encrypted chat service called Encrochat to buy multiple kilos of Class A drugs including cocaine, MDMA and crystal meth, while the other four members would act as distributors.

The court also heard that Nascimento, the sixth suspect who is yet to be sentenced, acted as a bookkeeper of transactions.

All six suspects were arrested on February 22 at an address in South West London, where police also seized 133 drug exhibits.

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The property on Cromwell Road, SW7, was being used as a distribution centre after the gang moved a “massive stash” from another property in Pembridge Road, W11.

Following raids on two more addresses – one in Kensington and Chelsea and the other in Alperton – the police had seized a total of 4kg of cocaine, 8kg of MDMA, 7kg of Methamphetamine, 3kg of Amphetamine, 1kg of Chloromethcathione, 18kg of Cannabis, as well as 2,493 doses of LSD, multiple bags of Magic Mushrooms, sacks of cannabis sweets, prescriptions drugs, and £54,000 cash.

According to the gang’s own pricing list, the total value of the drugs seized came up to £2million.

Police seized 133 drug exhibits at an address in southwest London on February 22
(Image: Metropolitan Police)

“We know that violence we see in London’s streets is inextricably linked to drugs such as the ones that De-Lima and his colleagues were distributing across London,” DC James Hughes from the Specialist Crime Unit said after the sentencing was passed.

“The meticulous investigative work carried out by my team which unravelled this case of highly organised criminals demonstrates the detective capabilities of the Met and shows our commitment to taking these controlled substances off London’s streets,” Hughes added.

“We hope that today’s result sends a clear message to those involved in illicit activities that the Met does not welcome this kind of enterprise in London, and our Specialist Crime Units will work determinedly to dismantle organised crime groups such as this.”

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