Ex-marine who smuggled cocaine in Lego boxes in ‘multimillionaire’ boast

A former Royal Marine-turned cocaine dealer bragged to his accomplice: "Bro we be multimillionaires in three months haha," a court has heard.

Jack Jones previously served his country as a Royal Marine deployed at conflicts and humanitarian crises around the world.

But last week, he was arrested and admitted to conspiring to supply heroin, MDMA, and cannabis, to import cannabis, and to convert criminal property, reports the Liverpool Echo. He has been jailed for 16 and a half years.

Jones's plot involved smuggling drugs by hiding them in toy boxes and shipping them across the UK with the help of his fellow former commando, Issac Rasmussen, 28.

To avoid having to use couriers, they used delivery service DPD to transport multiple kilos of their product and dirty cash from abroad and across the UK.

Their scheme fell apart after one delivery arrived when police were at the home of a co-conspirator in Huyton and a Duplo box containing a kilo of 82% pure cocaine was inadvertently taken as a present for a little boy's birthday party.

The due used EncroChat to communicate, which is a Europe-based communication system primarily used by organised crime members for criminal activities. Liverpool Crown Court heard the first EncroChat texts recovered from Jack Jones' handle "IntimateMode" were on March 21.

Another EncroChat user "TheDog" asked Jones about how many "hazes" – varieties of skunk cannabis – he had, before quizzing him about his stock of cannabis strains "Mimosa", "Orange Cream" and "Tropicana Punch".

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The court heard Jones's key relationship was with an EncroChat contact called "NetIce" in Holland, which led to Jones importing multi kilo quantities of cocaine, heroin, MDMA, and cannabis, which he then supplied across the UK.

This began in early April 2020, when NetIce offered him "bottoms" for €9,000 to €10,000, which Jones said cost £16,000 to £17,000 in the UK, meaning he could sell them for double.

Mr Lander said AtomBar was seemingly involved in a deal where NetIce sent them 10 kilos of heroin, which they got at just £6,000 per kilo.

On April 18, AtomBar messaged Jones: "Hopefully next couple weeks start flying after first one lands."

Jones replied: "If this first one lands sweet I think will be millers [millionaires] in space of a year easy."

Mr Lander said: "The comment that they would be 'multimillionaires' in a few months is telling as to the scale of their operation."

Also that day, Jones messaged OddRubber about paying him £35,250 for a kilo of cocaine, with the exchange taking place at "Aldi in Gateacre" with him arriving in Rasmussen's black Vauxhall Insignia.

The court heard a flaw with their strategy involving DPD deliveries was, as Jones told Rasmussen, that he needed a "real persons name in case they miss it they can get it from the posty", which is why they used Paul Jones.

Jones and Rasmussen also chatted about how Bolivian cocaine, not "Colo" was "better for washing but doesn't smell as strong."

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