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Three residents from the United Kingdom who used a religious charity as a guise to smuggle 400 kilograms of cannabis valued at £2 million from Jamaica into the UK, six years ago, have been convicted.
The accused, Dalton Anderson, 50, Alvin Russell, 45, and 64-year-old Sinclair Tucker were convicted this week following a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
The men were also found guilty of conspiracy to import Class B drugs.
Anderson on the other hand was found guilty of possession with intent to supply class B drugs after five kilograms of the drug was found at his home following his arrest.
According to reports from the UK National Crime Agency, the trio created the Vision Christian Ministries as a ploy to ship drugs sealed in tins of ackee and callaloo from Jamaica to the United Kingdom via Birmingham Airport.
It is understood that the packages were shipped in three separate consignments addressed to the Christian ministry between the period of March to May 2017; the packages were however seized by the Border force.
The men were later arrested at the airport on May 23 of that year, while inspecting the third consignment which had just arrived.
Reports are that Anderson and Russell spent some time in Jamaica when the importations were made and were also responsible for the handling of money and providing documentation to the Christian ministry via Tucker.