Coke smug­gle Biggles jailed

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A PI­LOT nick­named ‘Biggles’ has been jailed for 19 years for smug­gling £33.5 mil­lion worth of co­caine into Bri­tain.

An­drew Wright, 52 ( – who took his name from the fic­tional avi­a­tor and ad­ven­turer – im­ported 268kg (591lbs) of the Class A drug dur­ing eight trips from Breighton Air­field in Selby, North Yorks, to Ger­many and back in 2014.

Wright, mas­ter­mind Mark Dowl­ing, 43, and Jamie Wil­liams, 38, were all handed jail sen­tences at the Old Bai­ley.

Judge Ni­cholas Cooke QC told them the amount they smug­gled was “off the scale” and of “ex­cep­tional se­ri­ous­ness”.

Dowl­ing was handed 24 years in jail while Wil­liams was caged for 23 years.

Wright, who owned two Cessna air­craft, used his aerial pho­tog­ra­phy firm as a cover for his il­le­gal drugs ac­tiv­i­ties.

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