25 Feb 2012

Prison sentences for drug smugglers

11:01 am on 25 February 2012

Two men who tried to smuggle 17kg of cocaine into Britain inside bags of live tropical fish have been sentenced to prison for 11 years.

Olaf Urlik, 33, and Norbert Jarzabek, 32, both originally from Poland, were sentenced on Friday at Nottingham Crown Court after admitting conspiring to import cocaine at an earlier hearing.

Ten bags of dissolved cocaine from Colombia were found by Border Agency officials at Heathrow airport in July last year.

The Serious Organised Crime Agency said the drug was dissolved in bags of fluid and then stored inside larger bags containing live fish.

More than 16,000 fish died. Thirty four survivors, including stingrays, catfish and tetras, are now at London Zoo.