A video shows police discovering a mega-haul of £5 million worth of cocaine, sneakily concealed in fake Gucci boxes being smuggled in a van.
Nabil Chaudhry, 31, was arrested following an intelligence-led investigation carried out by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.
In the clip, a plain-clothed police officer wearing a hoodie opens a secret compartment in the van using a screwdriver.
Inside are dozens of black boxes wrapped in cellophane, with the gold Gucci logo emblazoned on them.
"They are all wrapped similarly, black plastic, with a Gucci logo and the words Gucci," says the officer.
He then takes the boxes out and counts them one-by-one – with 45 boxes recovered in total.
The plain-clothed officers had intercepted Chaudhry at a petrol station on the A1 in Doncaster on July 20 last year.
When Chaudhry got out of his van, the officers approached and identified themselves.
At this point, Chaudhry attempted to escape, fighting the officers as he tried to re-enter his vehicle.
Chaudhry initially refused to hand over the keys to his van, but officers managed to obtain them after completing the arrest.
The fake Gucci boxes were later found to contain cocaine.
Each block weighed approximately 1kg, totalling 45kg of Class A drugs – with an estimated street value of approximately £5.7 million.
During the post-charge investigation and examination of his encrypted device, further evidence was obtained of Chaudhry being involved in the distribution of a further 75kg of Class A drugs.
Financial enquiries showed that nearly £50,000 of cash deposits were made into his current account that were unaccounted for.
On Wednesday, January 8, he was further charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and possession of criminal property.
Chaudhry of Moat Place, Northampton, was sentenced on Friday, August 21, to seven-and-a-half years imprisonment after he appeared at Sheffield Crown Court.
He was sentenced for possessing criminal property and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, between July 2018 and July 2019.
He pleaded guilty to both offences on Tuesday, February 11.
Detective Inspector Glenn Butler, from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: "The drugs being carried in this vehicle were believed to be destined for distribution on the streets of London.
"There is an undeniable link between drug supply and violence, much of which we have witnessed across the capital in recent months.
"By intercepting the delivery of millions of pounds worth of Class A drugs, I am confident we have prevented harm coming to Londoners, and those who choose to visit our city.
"I am proud of the dedication and proactivity of my teams which has resulted in this sentence today.
"The detection of this criminality should send a warning to anyone considering carrying out similar acts that we will use all powers available to us to bring you to justice."
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