Pair jailed for over 40 years for drug smuggling

Thomas Dylik

Piotr Pachnia

Pair jailed for over 40 years for drug smuggling

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TWO men have been jailed for a total of more than 40 years after £90m of cocaine was found hidden on a yacht off the Isle of Wight.

Piotr Pachnia, 33, was handed a 24-year sentence this morning at Winchester Crown Court after being convicted by a jury at Portsmouth Crown Court of being in possession of 996lb (452kg) of the class A drug following a two-day trial.

Thomas Dylik, 48, captain of the yacht Baila where UK Border Agency officers found the haul in June last year, admitted the same charge and was sent to prison for 18 and a half years.

The seizure was one of the largest ever in the UK, the agency said.

Pachnia, of no fixed address, and Dylik, who has an address in Poland but had been living on the yacht, were arrested after UK Border Agency officials found the cocaine during a search of the vessel at Portsmouth Naval Dockyard.

Three officers had earlier boarded the yacht when it entered UK territorial waters having sailed from the Caribbean.

They had tracked the vessel for about 24 hours from waters off the coast of Plymouth until it was 11 miles south of St Catherine's Point on the Isle of Wight.

The officials then escorted Baila to Portsmouth amid suspicions illegal drugs could be hidden on board. Three swab tests had revealed traces of illegal substances.

On searching the yacht officers discovered more than 470 packages and cylinders of cocaine.

The cocaine, which had an average 90 per cent purity, was found behind false walls, hidden in compartments and a holdall.

The yacht has since been forfeited and an order has been made for the cocaine to be destroyed.

Judge Susan Evans commended UK Border Agency officers, who she said conducted the Operation Pareto investigation with "great thoroughness."

She is to write a certificate of commendation to those involved in "preventing this enormous amount of cocaine from ending up on the streets of this country or any other European country".

A confiscation hearing will be held at a later date to recoup any money the men made through criminal activity.

Judge Susan Evans said: "It was a sophisticated and well planned operation to import a massive amount of cocaine, nearly half a ton, with a street value of £90m."

She added it was impossible to say which country the cocaine was destined for, the UK or another European country.

Judge Evans told them: "Had you landed that cargo the misery inflicted upon drug addicts and the contribution towards drug related crime would have been enormous. At this volume it inflicts damage on the country as a whole both in terms of crime and the resources needed to fund the law enforcement officers to fight it."

Judge Evans also praised the tenacity of the UKBA officers involved in detecting giant haul.

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12:33pm Wed 30 Jan 13

Outside of the Box says...

18 and 12 years a piece,,,,proper sentence that,,,good work all round,,,UKBA,,,,Poli
ce,,,CPS and the Judge should pat themselves on the back
18 and 12 years a piece,,,,proper sentence that,,,good work all round,,,UKBA,,,,Poli ce,,,CPS and the Judge should pat themselves on the back Outside of the Box
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12:35pm Wed 30 Jan 13

minnie64 says...

Thats full bed and board then for the 'no fixed abode' then !!!!!
Thats full bed and board then for the 'no fixed abode' then !!!!! minnie64
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12:45pm Wed 30 Jan 13

CharlieOxbridge says...

Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?
Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it? CharlieOxbridge
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12:53pm Wed 30 Jan 13

peenut81 says...

Well worth the cost and effort to the taxpayer, thousands of man hours, miles of paperwork, court time, prison space and the only profitable part of it all - destroyed.
The campaign to seize, stop and prohibit drug use is pointless, wasteful and self defeating.
Well worth the cost and effort to the taxpayer, thousands of man hours, miles of paperwork, court time, prison space and the only profitable part of it all - destroyed. The campaign to seize, stop and prohibit drug use is pointless, wasteful and self defeating. peenut81
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3:45pm Wed 30 Jan 13

kingnotail says...

CharlieOxbridge wrote:
Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?
Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs.
[quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?[/p][/quote]Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs. kingnotail
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4:07pm Wed 30 Jan 13

CharlieOxbridge says...

kingnotail wrote:
CharlieOxbridge wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?
Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs.
Your right, it's about time we just started stocking them up in Sainsbury's, next to the cheese.
[quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?[/p][/quote]Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs.[/p][/quote]Your right, it's about time we just started stocking them up in Sainsbury's, next to the cheese. CharlieOxbridge
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4:46pm Wed 30 Jan 13

whufan says...

CharlieOxbridge wrote:
kingnotail wrote:
CharlieOxbridge wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?
Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs.
Your right, it's about time we just started stocking them up in Sainsbury's, next to the cheese.
Can't they put it in the alcohol isle so I don't have to walk around the whole shop. Or maybe have a stall in the car park!
[quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?[/p][/quote]Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs.[/p][/quote]Your right, it's about time we just started stocking them up in Sainsbury's, next to the cheese.[/p][/quote]Can't they put it in the alcohol isle so I don't have to walk around the whole shop. Or maybe have a stall in the car park! whufan
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5:23pm Wed 30 Jan 13

StMarysSaint says...

Who is being protected by the "War on drugs", not the addicts, they just end up in prison because they have to become criminals in order to get the drugs they are ADDICTED TOO. Not the rest of us who have to finance this ridiculous war that will NEVER be won. It's all political, trying to look good in government.

If people want to take drugs, its their business, let them do so in a safe environment, and if others don't want to, then that's their choice also.

You do goody Christians get off others backs and mind your own business. Stop this nonsense, legalis\control and take away the dealers incentive.
Who is being protected by the "War on drugs", not the addicts, they just end up in prison because they have to become criminals in order to get the drugs they are ADDICTED TOO. Not the rest of us who have to finance this ridiculous war that will NEVER be won. It's all political, trying to look good in government. If people want to take drugs, its their business, let them do so in a safe environment, and if others don't want to, then that's their choice also. You do goody Christians get off others backs and mind your own business. Stop this nonsense, legalis\control and take away the dealers incentive. StMarysSaint
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5:42pm Wed 30 Jan 13

kingnotail says...

CharlieOxbridge wrote:
kingnotail wrote:
CharlieOxbridge wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?
Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs.
Your right, it's about time we just started stocking them up in Sainsbury's, next to the cheese.
Yep definitely the voice of the Daily Mail. No one is saying you should be able to walk into a shop and buy heroin, but the money spent fighting a losing battle could be better spent elsewhere.

But really,if you can go into a shop and buy alcohol, why shouldn't you be able to do the same with cannabis, or ecstasy? Far less physical or social harm can be attributed to either of these than it can to alcohol.
[quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?[/p][/quote]Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs.[/p][/quote]Your right, it's about time we just started stocking them up in Sainsbury's, next to the cheese.[/p][/quote]Yep definitely the voice of the Daily Mail. No one is saying you should be able to walk into a shop and buy heroin, but the money spent fighting a losing battle could be better spent elsewhere. But really,if you can go into a shop and buy alcohol, why shouldn't you be able to do the same with cannabis, or ecstasy? Far less physical or social harm can be attributed to either of these than it can to alcohol. kingnotail
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6:00pm Wed 30 Jan 13

IronLady2010 says...

It's easy to say legalise drugs etc, but when there is so much money to be made the dealers will simply invent some new drug, so we could end up still fighting a losing battle.

I'm unsure what the answer is as I would agree with others, we do seem to be fighting a losing battle and chucking so much money into fighting this battle.
It's easy to say legalise drugs etc, but when there is so much money to be made the dealers will simply invent some new drug, so we could end up still fighting a losing battle. I'm unsure what the answer is as I would agree with others, we do seem to be fighting a losing battle and chucking so much money into fighting this battle. IronLady2010
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10:05am Thu 31 Jan 13

bigal007 says...

CharlieOxbridge wrote:
Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?
lol!!
[quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?[/p][/quote]lol!! bigal007
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10:05am Thu 31 Jan 13

bigal007 says...

CharlieOxbridge wrote:
Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?
lol!!
[quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?[/p][/quote]lol!! bigal007
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6:25pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Subject48 says...

@ Iron lady

Its not that easy to come up with new drugs that have effects better then ones available already.(those with a brain would have controlled)

If they do, assimilate them.

There was a certain drug called methadrone. This was technically a plant fertilizer but when snorted got you high.

Because it was legal a lot of people made a lot of money legally, by selling it in kilograms after customer signing a waiver they will not be using for recreational use before government got wise and managed to pass legislation to ban it. It was being taxed, easily available, high quality and no one was any wiser. I believe cocaine sales at the time when this was in circulation dropped because it apparently had similar effects, you knew it was clean, and was easily available through legal means without having to contact a criminal to get it.

Think of this story as a case study and some of your own reading.
@ Iron lady Its not that easy to come up with new drugs that have effects better then ones available already.(those with a brain would have controlled) If they do, assimilate them. There was a certain drug called methadrone. This was technically a plant fertilizer but when snorted got you high. Because it was legal a lot of people made a lot of money legally, by selling it in kilograms after customer signing a waiver they will not be using for recreational use before government got wise and managed to pass legislation to ban it. It was being taxed, easily available, high quality and no one was any wiser. I believe cocaine sales at the time when this was in circulation dropped because it apparently had similar effects, you knew it was clean, and was easily available through legal means without having to contact a criminal to get it. Think of this story as a case study and some of your own reading. Subject48
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11:26am Fri 1 Feb 13

kingnotail says...

Subject48 wrote:
@ Iron lady

Its not that easy to come up with new drugs that have effects better then ones available already.(those with a brain would have controlled)

If they do, assimilate them.

There was a certain drug called methadrone. This was technically a plant fertilizer but when snorted got you high.

Because it was legal a lot of people made a lot of money legally, by selling it in kilograms after customer signing a waiver they will not be using for recreational use before government got wise and managed to pass legislation to ban it. It was being taxed, easily available, high quality and no one was any wiser. I believe cocaine sales at the time when this was in circulation dropped because it apparently had similar effects, you knew it was clean, and was easily available through legal means without having to contact a criminal to get it.

Think of this story as a case study and some of your own reading.
1. It's called mephedrone (though there are others with similar names such as methEdrone and methylone)
2. The plant fertilizer description was a front, it never had any use as such
3. New drugs like this one have no history of use in people, so the adverse effects are unknown thus making them potentially much more dangerous than cocaine, ecstasy etc.

What you should take from this is the fact that legal or illegal, people will never stop wanting to do drugs. It's been like that since the dawn of time.
[quote][p][bold]Subject48[/bold] wrote: @ Iron lady Its not that easy to come up with new drugs that have effects better then ones available already.(those with a brain would have controlled) If they do, assimilate them. There was a certain drug called methadrone. This was technically a plant fertilizer but when snorted got you high. Because it was legal a lot of people made a lot of money legally, by selling it in kilograms after customer signing a waiver they will not be using for recreational use before government got wise and managed to pass legislation to ban it. It was being taxed, easily available, high quality and no one was any wiser. I believe cocaine sales at the time when this was in circulation dropped because it apparently had similar effects, you knew it was clean, and was easily available through legal means without having to contact a criminal to get it. Think of this story as a case study and some of your own reading.[/p][/quote]1. It's called mephedrone (though there are others with similar names such as methEdrone and methylone) 2. The plant fertilizer description was a front, it never had any use as such 3. New drugs like this one have no history of use in people, so the adverse effects are unknown thus making them potentially much more dangerous than cocaine, ecstasy etc. What you should take from this is the fact that legal or illegal, people will never stop wanting to do drugs. It's been like that since the dawn of time. kingnotail
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9:07pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Pikey-Biker says...

IronLady2010 wrote:
It's easy to say legalise drugs etc, but when there is so much money to be made the dealers will simply invent some new drug, so we could end up still fighting a losing battle. I'm unsure what the answer is as I would agree with others, we do seem to be fighting a losing battle and chucking so much money into fighting this battle.
oh just give up then!
[quote][p][bold]IronLady2010[/bold] wrote: It's easy to say legalise drugs etc, but when there is so much money to be made the dealers will simply invent some new drug, so we could end up still fighting a losing battle. I'm unsure what the answer is as I would agree with others, we do seem to be fighting a losing battle and chucking so much money into fighting this battle.[/p][/quote]oh just give up then! Pikey-Biker
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9:09pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Pikey-Biker says...

kingnotail wrote:
CharlieOxbridge wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?
Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs.
it isn't pointless
[quote][p][bold]kingnotail[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CharlieOxbridge[/bold] wrote: Can we not send them to Bali and let them deal with it?[/p][/quote]Says the voice of the Daily Mail. Stop fighting the pointless war on drugs.[/p][/quote]it isn't pointless Pikey-Biker
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