Defence barrister Brian Dean of No5 Chambers has defended in a drugs case that saw Sandro Farini, 47, jailed for seven years after being caught smuggling more than £7m worth of high-purity narcotics into the UK.
Farini’s number two Jaswinder Sahota, trusted lieutenant Ian Henderson and drivers Jeffery Robson and David Stacey have all also been given lengthy jail sentences.
Farini used contacts around the UK, Belgium and Holland to run the operation, which was uncovered by the Serious Organised Crime Agency in October last year. Police had Farini and his gang under surveillance when police in France stopped lorry driver Jeffery Robson.
The search discovered more than £5m worth of pure liquid amphetamine hidden in fuel containers. A few months later, another haul of the same drug, this time worth £2m, was seized.
In February the group was arrested, and all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import a class-B drug.
Dean said none of the men had been in trouble before.