Three men have been convicted of plotting to use a removal company to smuggle drugs worth £4.5m, which were hidden in fish tanks.
In a secret recording by the National Crime Agency (NCA), the trio were caught talking about plans to import 32kg of cocaine, 20.5kg of heroin and 3kg of MDMA.
Mark Youell, 64, was heard telling his partners “we’re gonna hit the jackpot”, adding that they were going to make “f****** mega dough”.
The NCA said Youell, along with Alfred Rumbold, 65, and Brian Wright, 73, had a series of secret meetings with a Merseyside-based organised crime group who wanted to import class A drugs using Wright’s legitimate removal company.
The day before, Wright had come back from a “dummy run” in the Netherlands with his lorry, the NCA said.
He made a series of notes about border checks and security on his phone.
The following week Wright went back…