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Bricking it Men jailed after plan to smuggle cocaine in Lego boxes backfires when child given one as present

Former Royal Marine Jack Jones and Isaac Rasmussen, both aged 28, brought approximately 18kg of cocaine into the country from the Netherlands in DPD parcels

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Liverpool Crown Court

Liverpool Crown Court

Liverpool Crown Court

Two men have been jailed in Liverpool after their plan to smuggle cocaine into the UK in boxes of Lego backfired when one of the parcels was accidentally given to a child as a birthday present.

Former Royal Marine Jack Jones and Isaac Rasmussen, both aged 28, brought approximately 18kg of cocaine into the country from the Netherlands in DPD parcels.

One had been delivered to Rasmussen’s house in Whiston, Merseyside but was left with a neighbour as he was not home.

After several unsuccessful attempts to return the parcel to Rasmussen, the parcel, which showed a photo of a Duplo fire engine on the outside of the box, was given away as a birthday present to a young boy.

However, when the boy opened the box, instead of a new toy, he was met with a 1kg block of 82pc pure cocaine.

Police then went to the neighbour’s house and seized five other Lego boxes, each containing a kilo of 86% pure cocaine belonging to Rasmussen.

The two men stood before the Liverpool crown court on Tuesday and Jones was jailed for 16-and-a-half years for conspiracy to import and supply drugs, while Rasmussen was sentenced to 10 years.

A third man, Paul Jones (43), was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after his house and his mother’s house, were used for the packages to be posted to. He is currently serving a prison sentence for cannabis production.

Judge Stuart Driver, QC, told Rasmussen: “You allowed your home to be used for delivery of multi-kilo packages of class A drugs.

“Part of such a delivery to your address, disguised as Lego, was inadvertently handed to a small child wrapped up as a birthday present, exposing the child to a risk of serious harm.”

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All three men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to import and supply cocaine.

Jones admitted to conspiracy to supply heroin, MDMA and cannabis, conspiracy to import cannabis and conspiracy to convert criminal property.

Rasmussen also admitted to conspiracy to import cannabis.

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