A druggie who sniffed cocaine off the grave of infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar has been thrown in jail for 13 years for being part of a huge drugs ring.
Steven Semmens claimed he snorted the drug from the grave while in Columbia because it would “be a laugh".
He also streamed it on Facebook Live for a bet.
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And it later emerged he and four others were part of a drug ring, sentenced to a total of more than 52 years in prison by Swansea Crown Court.
According to South Wales Police, the gang was arrested as part of Operation Wizard after it was uncovered they were involved in trafficking and importing multiple kilograms of class A and B drugs across the UK.
The gang was led by Shane White, who wanted to sell drugs on the streets of South Wales.
White, who was in partnership with Semmens, was based in Spain, while Semmens had to find large amounts of cocaine in Columbia.
A spokesman for the police explained: “He would send videos back to White in the UK of cocaine, sometimes in excess of more than 50 kgs at a time.
“These videos went on to be used to advertise the cocaine for sale in the UK.
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“White had several potential customers for the imported cocaine, with whom he discussed transportation routes for the Cocaine to arrive into the UK from Spain, often via Amsterdam or Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
“Richard Gerrard, aged 43 from Lancashire, facilitated the supply of cocaine to White in south Wales, as and when White’s own stock was running low.
“White and Semmens used their courier, Ieuan Williams, age 37 from Port Talbot, to deliver their kilogram commodities of cocaine to their customers.
“Williams also had the task of collecting drug debts on behalf of White.”
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It was found that White, Semmens and the rest of the crew had conspired together to import 10 kilograms of cocaine into the UK, and supplied a further eight kilograms in the South Wales area which they had sourced within the UK.
Combined, the 18kg of cocaine would have had a UK street value estimated to be between £2m and £2.5m.
Detective Inspector Russ Jenkins from the Force Intelligence and Organised Crime Unit said: “The web of conspirators were spread far and wide, crossing national borders and continents.
“As a direct result of this investigation, South Wales Police are still actively engaging with other UK Police Forces and the National Crime Agency, along with our international partners to disrupt the activities of those who seek to flood the streets of South Wales and the wider UK with Cocaine.”
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