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Aircraft stored at Rochester Airport sold after being part of cocaine importation operation

aircraft stored at rochester airport sold after being part of cocaine importation operation
aircraft stored at rochester airport sold after being part of cocaine importation operation

A light aircraft seized in a joint NCA and Metropolitan Police investigation into cocaine importation has been sold at a proceeds of crime auction for £29k.

Dutch national John Buwalda used the plane to smuggle £2.4m worth of cocaine into the UK and was sentenced to 23 years in prison in 2017.

Not only was he jailed, he was also ordered to pay more than £400k based on the fact he owned another plane and had a stake in 16 rental properties in the Netherlands.

 

The funds raised from the sale of the plane will now be returned to the public purse.