Thursday 23rd October 2003
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Lando Frazer

Simone Newman

Maureen Frazer

The flat in Adelaide Road
Family-run drugs business is busted
A CHALK Farm council house was the centre of an international drug syndicate that brought kilos of cocaine into London using teenage “mules”, a court heard on Tuesday.

The family-run ring, which police believe may have brought millions of pounds worth of drugs into the UK since the early 1990s, was organised in a large Victorian council flat in Adelaide Road.
Mother-of-four Maureen Frazer, 43, daughter Simone Newman 23, and husband Lando Frazer 32, found, trained and financed teenage drug “mules” who were sent to the Caribbean to pick up cocaine and bring it back to London.

Mrs Frazer and her family, who claimed housing benefit on their two-storey council flat, led a life of luxury on the proceeds from importing kilos of 70 per cent pure cocaine.

Mrs Frazer vetted impressionable teenagers willing to become mules through an accomplice – a nightclub doorman in Southampton. They were groomed at the Camden Lock Hotel in Chalk Farm Road where they were asked to swallow whole grapes to show they could swallow packages of cocaine, said Ben Gumpert prosecuting.

The couriers were paid £2,000 to bring back cocaine in heals of their shoes, in candles, or soaked into the fabric of their clothes as well as in their stomachs.

The operation was cracked when one of the teenagers, Nybee Snaddon 18, from Sterling, told her social workers in Scotland about what she had done.

Her testimony to the police triggered an undercover operation where the major players were recorded referring to drug mules as “the Canadians”.

Mr and Mrs Frazer were arrested on December 9 last year in a hotel car park in Luton. They were caught as a courier handed over shoes that contained 250g of cocaine.

The family who ran the drug trafficking empire sentenced to a total of 28 years in prison at Luton Crown Court on Tuesday.

Judge Jeffery Burke QC said: “You took impressionable naïve teenagers and promised them money if they carried drugs back from the Caribbean for you. The drugs you have brought in to the country have caused much harm to the people who take them and those who they rob and steal to feed their habits.”

Unemployed Mrs Frazer received a sentence of 14 years. Mrs Newman and Mr Frazer were both sentenced to eight years for their part in the smuggling.