Pair jailed after record cocaine seizure

Terance Smith, of Ethelreda Drive, Thetford
Terance Smith, of Ethelreda Drive, Thetford
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TWO men are facing up to a combined 45 years in prison for their parts in Suffolk’s biggest ever cocaine seizure.

Frederick Colverson, 56, of Galsworthy Avenue, London, was sentenced to 25 years in prison at Ipswich Crown Court today for conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs.

Terance Smith, 57, from Ethelreda Drive, Thetford, was sentenced to 20 years for the same charge after earlier pleading guilty.

The sentencing follows the seizure of 174 kgs of cocaine with a street value of £34,000,000 at a business premises in Highbury Road, Brandon on October 31 last year.

The drugs were found in consignments of pineapples that had been shipped in through Felixstowe docks.

Following the sentencing, Detective Inspector Benny Benford said: “The sentencing at court today emphasises the seriousness of Smith and Colverson’s crime and sends out a strong message to those who maybe following the same criminal path.”