Brendan Conrad jailed for importing heroin worth £80,000
A drug smuggler who tried to import heroin worth more than £80,000 has been jailed.
Worcester Park restaurateur Brendan Conrad, 40, was stopped by police at the docks in Dover after he arrived on a ferry from Calais in his Audi on May 17 last year.
He told officers he was returning from a trip to Brussels where he had been looking at a Turkish restaurant he was thinking of buying - but when officers checked his car they found 1.5kg of heroin hidden in the side panel of his car's boot.
Conrad, formerly known as Kamil Guray Gumas and of Central Road, admitted drug importation at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, February 18, and was sentenced to five years in jail yesterday.
Malcolm Bragg, of the UK Border Force, said: "Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted will face prison sentences. Our message to those who would consider it is that it’s just not worth it.
"Border Force officers will continue to work diligently to keep our border secure and to make life as tough as possible for those who seek to profit from this evil trade."