St. Lucian among 5 nabbed in guns and drugs smuggling operation in the UK

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St. Lucian among 5 nabbed in guns and drugs smuggling operation in the UK
Lance Laurent
Lance Laurent

A St. Lucian was among a gang of four former British soldiers and a fifth man who were convicted in a United Kingdom court after a six-week trial for an international gun and drug smuggling operation.

The St. Lucian-born ex-soldier, Lance Laurent, 26, of Gloucester Street, Battersea, south-west London, was sentenced to 12 years in jail after admitting conspiring to import firearms. He was also found guilty of conspiring to import class A drugs.

Reports are that Laurent had been a trooper with the Queen’s Royal Hussars.

According to a BBC report, the men were caught after firearms, ammunition and cocaine were found in a car arriving at Folkestone from Calais in January 2012.

Police officers discovered five handguns and three silencers, while 500g of cocaine was found in an Army issue boot covered in duct tape and curry powder to disguise the smell.

Police have named the ringleader as 26-year-old Lemar Loveless of Brydon Walk, Islington, north London, who had resigned from the army in November 2011 and was on terminal leave. He was jailed for 14 years after admitting conspiring to import firearms.

Loveless was also found guilty of conspiring to import class A drugs.

The other men convicted were:

* Trave Dyce, 22, of Sydney Road, Smethwick, West Midlands. He was jailed for seven-and-a-half years after he admitted conspiring to import drugs and firearms.

* Romone Mashalleck, 25, a civilian, of Huron Street, Balham, south London, was sentenced to six-and-a-half years in jail after being found guilty of conspiring to import firearms.

* Duran Wright, a former regimental police officer in the Army, was jailed for 10 years. The 28-year-old, of Jerningham Road, New Cross, south-east London, was found guilty of conspiring to import class A drugs and firearms.

Dyce and Loveless had been troopers in the Queen’s Royal Hussars. They were all based in Germany.

Marshalleck was their civilian contact in London.

According to the BBC, “jurors heard Dyce, Laurent and Wright were serving soldiers while Loveless was on terminal leave ahead of his discharge from the Army.

Alison Saunders, of the CPS, said: “This was a planned conspiracy to bring weapons, ammunition and drugs into the UK organised by four soldiers, based in Germany, and their civilian contact in London.”

She said the full extent of those involved was only discovered when phone data was “meticulously analysed and a picture of those involved was created”.

She continued: “These deadly weapons could have gone on to be used in violent crimes.

“The high-purity cocaine that was imported had a street value of over £70,000 and would almost certainly have made big profits for criminal gangs while damaging lives.”

SOURCE: BBC Report

 

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  1. Lance you have proven yourself to be a disgrace to saint Lucia. how could you risk it all for only 500g of cocaine???? you trade your pension for that shate??? guns??? u didn't see enough in thee army??? common looking at this story from all angles YOU ARE A DAM FOOL, lets hope the prison officers hand you some lube before entering that cell to smooth-en the pain your asshole gonna be in for the next 12 years.....

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  2. Sad man. I remember looking up to this fella at school even though I was two classes. The well known players grove crew. Word in the school that he could have any female in the school. Guess these things happen when you want to make the quick buck. Phonzo pray hard that he change his life like you did. May god grant him that chance.

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  3. Lance I am praying for you and the other young men. Have courage and muster strength my bro. God's peace be upon you. When you get out bro, you must join me in pastoral ministry.

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  4. i agree with all the comments giving we black ppl a bad name it is bad as it is we are sometimes labelled and to do such foolishness for quick money no sympathy,i hope the ones behind take heed

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  5. What goes around comes around. Prison is not for animals. That's what u get lance for looking down yr nose on my cousin....whole choo ou pas bon!

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  6. I am extremely disappointed with what those ex soldiers have done, you got the opportunity to make use of your lives but could not control your bloody greed.People will suffer because of this shit and they might just start implementing UK visas for Lucians .Loads of other young boys want to join the army and now Lance you have spoilt our name.Shame on you and your gang, u can stay in jail for the twelve years..it will kill knowing that if you stayed in the army twelve years you would be entitled for your half pension and go Lucia and live like a king.Now its all OVER YOU IDIOTIC FOOL !!!

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  7. I hope the young youts who has aspiration to be british soldiers take heed and not allow satan to take control of their lives...Jah guide you lance in the next 12 years of your life..lets hope u can make a positive difference in the lives of the youts when u get back to stlucia..

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  8. I am a serving soldier and I'm so embarrassed by all of this because this doesnt just tarnish his reputation, but also the likes of myself and others who are still serving from our beautiful Isle. Our island has been through and is still going through enough, for this selfish idiot to have done this. You were given an opportunity to come up here and better yourself, but instead greed got you to where you are today. He made his bed, so now he has to lay in it. No sympathy at all from me.

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  9. Its shame to me....I wanna be part of the military in the future and I see those guys making things harder on me... Oh boi... But I got to say the penalties are good... The judges and magistrate should not have pity for those offences

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  10. We must learn to respect other peoples country and their laws. We do not want to abide by their rules stay home, they are the ones who makes it very difficult for other honest hard working people who wants to migrate to help themselves and wa la there is a blockage shame on him he deserve what he gets. His stupidity and greed cost him big time I'm sure he's not retarded because he had to go through evaluation tests before he join the service.

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  11. That is so sad. Why are people not learning from situations that has happened? It is sad that someone so young has to go to jail for so long. I hope he has a chance to think about his situation and learn from it.

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    • I am a serving Sgt from St.Lucia and feel so embarass by all those guys and not only Lance cause now how would the Army and the Briitsh society look up to us as serving members.

      Now I wonder if there is gonna be trust between them and us just because of ones greed trying to get rich overnight.

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    • I thought when we St. Lucians migrate to another country was to go and better ourselves. No some of us think we can go to other countries and do criminal activities and think we will get away with it. Nice handsome boy like you had to throw your life away just like this. Twelve years is a long time. I feel so sorry for you Lance, since I know you.

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