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Drug trafficker picked up cocaine on Caribbean cruise:A convicted drug dealer who used a three week Caribbean cruise as a cover to bring cocaine worth more than £200,000 into the UK has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years, following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Kevin Enright, 55, from Dunstable, was intercepted by Border Force officers as he disembarked a cruise liner at Southampton Docks on 31 October 2017.

As they searched his luggage, they found traces of drugs within a false lining of two suitcases, one of which had been inside the other.

In total, there was almost three kilos of cocaine, which if cut and sold in the UK would have had a potential value of around £220,000.

Enright denied knowledge of the drugs, but NCA investigators were able to prove that he had collected the cases in St Lucia, and that he had been in contact with others suspected of involvement in the importation, including one man who was to have collected the drugs following his arrival.

He has a previous conviction for drug dealing, for which he was sentenced to four years in prison in 2005.

During a two-and-a-half day trial at Southampton Crown Court, Enright claimed that the cruise had been paid for following a win on the horses, and that he had innocently purchased the suitcases.

But on Thursday 5 April, a jury took just an hour to find him guilty of importing class A drugs, and he was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years on the same day.

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Drug trafficker picked up cocaine on Caribbean cruise:A convicted drug dealer who used a three week Caribbean cruise as a cover to bring cocaine worth more than £200,000 into the UK has been jailed for nine-and-a-half years, following an investigation by the National Crime Agency.
 
Kevin Enright, 55, from Dunstable, was intercepted by Border Force officers as he disembarked a cruise liner at Southampton Docks on 31 October 2017.
 
As they searched his luggage, they found traces of drugs within a false lining of two suitcases, one of which had been inside the other.
 
In total, there was almost three kilos of cocaine, which if cut and sold in the UK would have had a potential value of around £220,000.