|Local Man Among Largest Skunk Smuggling Ring|
Fulham Palace Road resident was on "Board of Directors"
A man from Fulham Palace Road is among a 12 strong gang who made up Britain's largest skunk cannabis smuggling ring.
Paul Moran, 37, who was named as one of the gang's three "Board of Directors" has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import controlled drugs and conspiracy to launder the proceeds of crime.
Southwark Crown Court heard that the gang brought at least £62 million of skunk cannabis into the UK hidden in boxes of flowers from Holland.
At one point they were shipping in consignments worth up to £750,000 a week, and the gang had so much money they left bundles of bank notes rotting in a forgotten underground safe.
Timothy Cray, prosecuting, said the gang's activities amounted to "organised crime involving drug smuggling and money laundering on a massive scale".
When the men were arrested police seized 2,125lb (964kg) of skunk and £550,000 in cash. Mr Cray said: " Big as these seizures were, there is clear evidence to suggest that they were just the tip of a large criminal iceberg. "
"Only the defendants themselves will ever know the full extent of the drugs they imported into this country and the money that was generated as a result."
Now the gang, including ringleader Terrence Bowler, have all been convicted and are due to be sentenced on Wednesday March 24.
March 23, 2010