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Men found with cocaine off Suffolk coast in Lowestoft jailed for total of 14 years

Two men who were found trying to import cocaine into Suffolk from Holland have been jailed for a total of 14 years.

Steven Brogan, 36, and Anthony Reilly, 34, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing today, after having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing in October.

The two men, both from Skelmersdale in Lancashire, were found on a jet ski 27 miles off the Suffolk coast on September 30, after a mission was launched by Suffolk Police, HM Coastguard, the Lowestoft RNLI lifeboat and Border Force.

Steven Brogan and Anthony Reilly
Steven Brogan and Anthony Reilly

The incident had been reported by a survey boat, after the pair approached the vessel reporting difficulties due to a fuel shortage.

Both men were transported to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston and were searched on arrival by police officers.

Two packages of class A drugs with an estimated value of between £160,000 and £200,000 were seized.

The jet ski on which Steven Brogan and Anthony Reilly were found
The jet ski on which Steven Brogan and Anthony Reilly were found

Brogan and Reilly were arrested and later charged with importing class A drugs.

Today, Brogan was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison, while Reilly was jailed for seven years.

Detective Inspector Matt Adams said: "These men acted recklessly and put their lives at risk by crossing the channel to Holland on a jet ski to import class A drugs into Suffolk.

"This incident shows the incredibly dangerous lengths that those involved in the supply of drugs will go to in order to sustain their trade.

"Our compelling evidence and the swift multi-agency response involving Suffolk Constabulary, Border Force, HM Coastguard and the RNLI has resulted in bringing this case before the court and seeing those responsible being brought to justice.

"We hope that this sentence will act as a deterrent to criminals trying to bring drugs into our county.”

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