In March 2016, two UK men who had collected orders from the fake ambulances were sentenced to 19 & 15 years in jail for their roles in this group.
Oliver Higgins, National Crime Agency Branch Commander, said:
“Under the guise of professional travelling salesmen going about their business, (they) were responsible for supplying vast quantities of Class A drugs around the UK. They thought that the professional manner in which they operated – driving nice cars and wearing smart suits – would allow them to operate under the radar of law enforcement."
Last year I wrote a fictional account on what happened in this case:
Close up: Woman on phone. Shaking; seems nervous.
“Help, we need help. Send the ambulance”
An ambulance races down a deserted road, but still has its lights and siren on. It’s night time. Probably stormy.
Inside is a patient. The mood is grim.
The ambulance driver shouts “do we have the right drugs…?”
Ambulance arrives at ferry port. The patient is stable.
The Driver speaks to the Port Authorities: No time to wait in the queue – we’ve done this route before and this is an emergency. We have to get this man back to the UK!
They board the ferry first and secure the doors of the ambulance for the journey.
The ambulance is speeding along again. Now there’s three police cars accompanying them.
The patient must have taken a turn for the worse. The police have their lights and sirens on too and the speed is increasing….
The police cars are trying to get in front of the ambulance. Hold on – they’re not trying to help the ambulance get through the traffic – they’re trying to stop them!
The ambulance is pulled over by the police.
Despite protestations from the crew and the patient, they are led away in handcuffs. Forensics arrive and secure the scene.
Secret compartments are found behind the ambulance’s interior panels, in cupboards and under the floor contained 193 kilos of cocaine, 74 kilos of heroin, 2 kilos of MDMA crystal and 20,000 ecstasy tablets with a combined likely potential street value of over £38 million.
As before, I am not currently contracted to any film studio – so am open to offers.
“What? What do you mean this one isn’t original either?”
It’s already happened?
Again? Oh, I give up.
For now anyway.
Stranger than Fiction - Read part 1 here
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