Monday, June 13, 2011

Freight Haulage Boss Arrested for Drug Connection

Linked to Biggest French Seizure of Cocaine
Shipping News Feature

UK – The boss of a Glaswegian-based haulage company was arrested last week after be connected to the biggest cocaine seizure ever made in France. Charles McAughey of Kirimar Plant / Kinetic Heavy Haulage was arrested on Tuesday by members of the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA).

The arrest comes after a year-long investigation by the agency into the 2009 drug bust in Montpellier, France, which saw French police discover 684kgs of cocaine hidden amongst the load on a truck belonging to McAughey. The drugs had a street value of £31 million.

McAughley was targeted in raids that saw the arrest of eleven other men who are all alleged to be connected with the drug smuggling operations of one of Scotland’s top criminals, Jamie Stevenson, according to reports in the Daily Record. Stevenson is currently serving ten years for money laundering and is also reported to have brought drugs and firearms into the UK on his own and accomplices’ vehicles.

(pic: the drugs bust in Montpellier)