Man jailed for importing Crystal Methamphetamine

A New Cross man has been jailed for importing 1.6kg of Crystal Methamphetamine to the United Kingdom.

Renato Pieterse, 32 (born 30 September 1983), a sales representative of Robert Lowe Close, New Cross, pleaded guilty to the importation of Class A drugs with the intent to evade a prohibition and was jailed for four years at Woolwich Crown Court on 9 November.

He was also ordered to pay £1,000 court costs.

On 30 June, officers from Southwark’s Drugs and Firearms Team executed an intelligence-led drugs warrant at an address on the Elmington Estate, Camberwell.

Officers recovered 1.6kg of Crystal Methamphetamine at the address, arresting Pieterse at the scene.

The drugs, with an approximate street value of £275,000, were hidden in a parcel disguised as packets of cigarettes.

Pieterse, a South African national, pled guilty to the offence on 29 September.

The drugs disguised in cigarette cartons (left); The drugs in the opened cigarette packets (centre).
The drugs disguised in cigarette cartons (left); The drugs in the opened cigarette packets (centre).

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