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Heroin potentially worth more than £400k found in WALL-E Disney bag, jury told

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Police intercepted a van which had collected heroin potentially worth more £400,000 inside a WALL-E Disney bag, a jury has been told.

The shopping bag, which carried the logo from the children’s film released in 2008, was allegedly in the footwell of a van after police surveillance in Cardiff.

The white rented Volkswagen Transporter was pulled over on its return to Nottingham on the A42 just short of the M1.

It is alleged defendant Nigel Sisson, 34, of Meadow Court, Kilburn, Belper, Derbyshire, and a second man travelled to Cardiff and back on January 17, 2020.

When the van stopped at the bottom of cul-de-sac Waverley Square, which faces playing fields, Sisson got out. A Hyundai stopped by the driver’s side of the VW Transporter.

Simon Ash QC, prosecuting, told a jury at the trial of Sisson and four other men on drug allegations, there was a Disney bag in the front passenger footwell with eight half-kilo blocks of heroin inside.

“Which is four kilos of heroin in total,” he told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday, February 16.

“That amount would have cost about £80,000 to buy. Divided into street deals, it would have realised £400,000. It was relatively pure and very likely to be mixed with a cutting agent.

“From that happening, it would have realised significantly more than £400,000”.

A finger or palm mark found on the bag belonged to Sisson. He was arrested with the other man in the van.

Sisson denies conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

When Sisson was interviewed, he said the other man visited him the previous afternoon and asked him whether he wanted to come on a trip to Cardiff to pick up a motorbike engine.

Sisson said he was not driving and went with the other man but the police ended up “pulling us over”.

They went to a postcode in Cardiff and the other man had phoned someone. A car pulled up and a bag passed to the man with him and put in the footwell.

Sisson said he did not touch the bag at any stage.

“He said it (the bag) would have touched his legs as it was in the front passenger footwell where he was sitting,” added Mr Ash as he outlined the case to the jury.

“The prosecution says his account is not believable”.

Described as “event eight” to the jury, Mr Ash talked them through evidence relating to that day, including surveillance, ANPR cameras, and mobile phone calls between the other man in the van and an individual who was said to be a member of the Eastwood OCG (Organised Crime Group).

Sisson’s alleged involvement was “event eight” alone.

There are 31 events in the general overview of the case. Thirteen defendants, including the other man in the van, have pleaded guilty. Some of the offences only concern the five defendants in the dock.

The case also covers the use of EncroChat phones – which cost three times the amount of equivalent unmodified handsets – and had a “burntime function” removing messages from devices after a certain period.

Those on trial are: Sisson, Dominic Wright, 33, of Scargill Walk, Eastwood; Michael Sirrell, 36, of Chiltern Drive, Watnall. They all deny the conspiracy to supply cocaine and heroin.

Defendants Ashley Hook, 38, of Elizabeth Lockhart Way, Braintree, Essex, and Atif Shariff, 34, of Bents Close, Clapham, Bedford, deny conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Hook, an alleged courier for an upstream supplier, denies conspiracy to transfer criminal property. He was allegedly pulled over with more than £420,000 inside a Slazenger holdall after an exchange in Liverpool.

The trial continues

Written by: thehitnetwork

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