A crime boss who employed female motorcycle couriers to deliver drugs using pink backpacks all over London has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.
Tiago De-Lima, 31, was the head of a gang that advertised a nine-page “candy shop list” containing more than 90 different drugs, including cocaine, MDMA, LSD and marijuana.
Delivery to customers across the capital was offered between 13:00 and 22:00 Monday through Saturday by a team of four motorcycle couriers from distribution centers in Notting Hill and South Kensington in west London.
Up to £1.35m of stock was seized when police raided the headquarters in February this year, while officers found prepackaged pink backpacks containing drugs between £5,000 and £10,000.
De-Lima employed a team of accountants, managers and four couriers to make a profit of £90,000 a month on the retail side, while its wholesale arm was collectively trading drugs to other dealers.
Messages found on Encrochat, an encrypted messaging service downloaded by law enforcement last year, showed him selling fake identities, flying people out of the country by private helicopter, and bribing a prison officer to help inmates.
Police found pictures of a kilogram of cocaine on De-Lima’s cell phone, and De-Lima boasted of selling up to 10kg a week of Class A drugs on seven different lines.
Around £200,000 of undisclosed cash flowed through his bank account between January 2019 and February 2021.
De-Lima, of North Kensington, was sentenced to 18 years in prison, while Vanessa Ananias, 29, of Harlesden, North London, was sentenced to six years in prison after pleading guilty to the same charges.
De-Lima was also found guilty of driving while disqualified.
Paid £220 a day to make deliveries to courier Nayene Fernandez-Silva, 25, from Kingsbury, northwest London, Andressa Santos, 25, from Waterloo, south London, and Nayara Robeiro, 33, from Ealing, west London, Southwark The Royal Court heard.
Each was sentenced to four and a half years in prison after being convicted on Thursday of three counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs, four counts of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs, and conspiracy to obtain criminal property.
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Judge Gregory Perrins told the gang: “Each of you were part of a professional, highly organized and well-run organized crime group involved in the supply of a wide variety of controlled drugs.
“The retail business supplied extremely large quantities of controlled drugs to individual users all over London through a network of motorcycle couriers.”
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