£1.4m Motorway drugs gang jailed for total of 33 years

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 June 2010 | UPDATED: 16:08 05 October 2010

THREE men who made a £1.4m drug deal at an M25 service station have been jailed for a total of 33 years after being stopped by armed cops in East London

By Mike Brooke

THREE men who made a £1.4 million drug deal at an M25 service station have been jailed for a total of 33 years after being stopped by armed cops in East London.

Brothers Paul and Barry Channer were being watched when they received a suitcase from Polish national Waldemar Nowakowski which was later found to be packed with 28 kilos of high-purity heroin.

Paul Channer was overheard boasting about the potency of the drugs he had bought, saying it was “10 out of 10 so hopefully it will kill a couple of people.”

They were stopped on the A12 Blackwall Tunnel approach in East London after picking up the drugs at the M25 South Mimms service station in Hertfordshire.

Paul Channer,47, refused to comment when interviewed at Bethnal Green police station, but admitted conspiracy to supply heroin at Snaresbrook crown court and was slapped with 14 years behind bars.

Barry Channer, 40, who claimed to be unaware the suitcase contained drugs, admitted in court supplying heroin and got eight years.

Nowakowski, 30, from Canning Town, admitted conspiracy and received 11 years.

Det Ins Sarah Staff said after the case: “One of them apparently aspiring to kill people’ with his drugs shows just how callous these dealers were.”

The brothers were stopped by armed officers on the Blackwall Tunnel Approach with the heroin stash with a £1.4m street value. Searches of their homes in Greenwich later uncovered cannabis, weighing scales and several mobile phones.

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