A woman who helped Mexican drug dealers smuggle up to £1 million of crystal meth disguised as dolls and coffee beans has been jailed.
In January 2019, Border Force at Stansted Airport intercepted a package from Mexico containing 432 children's toy figures.
Officers found the toys were "stuffed' with crystal meth and replaced the package – destined for an address in Wiltshire – with a decoy.
Just over a week later Paola Patricia Morrish, 42, collected the package and brought it to her home in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Cops following the package then arrested Morrish at her house, where she claimed she had simply been a "courier" and did not know what was inside it.
The former escort told officers she believed it may have been cocaine and admitted receiving four such packages at Swindon Crown Court.
She said one package contained 21 bags of what appeared to be coffee beans but was also crystal meth.
Prosecutors said the total amount of crystal meth accumulated to 13.2kg and had an estimated street value of up to £997,880.
Her husband, David Morrish, 49, later pleaded guilty to a charge of assisting an offender by disposing of a bag he found at their home.
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Judge Jason Taylor told Mrs Morrish: "You were the glue that bound the countries together.
"You had contact with several people – in Brazil, Mexico, Columbia as well as others.
"You even asked two of those contacts whether they had ever thought about setting up something serious in Europe.
"I find you were an integral part in this chain of supply. You aspired and dreamt of large scale imports and doing great things.
"If this operation hasn't been caught in its infancy, that's the direction it was headed. You were a, if not the, major driving force.”
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Detective Inspector Adrian Hawkins from SW ROCU, said: "Mrs Morrish was clearly heavily involved in a potentially lucrative plot to smuggle large amounts of the class A drug into the UK on behalf of a Mexican organised crime group.
"The work of colleagues at Border Force and our team has ensured their network was disrupted and the sentence handed down today shows that playing any part in such a plot has serious consequences."
Mrs Morrish has been jailed for six years and four months, whereas Mr Morrish was handed a nine-month sentence, suspended for 18 months.
Mr Morrish was also ordered to carry out unpaid work.
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