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    Royal Navy wren jailed for smuggling cocaine on warship

    BBC News - Royal Navy wren jailed for smuggling cocaine on warship

    A Royal Navy wren has been jailed for smuggling cocaine into the UK on board a warship which had been on counter-narcotics training.

    Teresa Matos, 37, from Gateshead, admitted importing the drugs worth 2m.

    The cocaine was found in the lining of Matos's clothing when HMS Manchester arrived in Plymouth, Devon, last August en route to its Portsmouth base.

    Matos was jailed for seven-and-a-half years at Portsmouth Crown Court. Three men from London were also jailed.

    The Angolan-born steward was granted asylum in Britain in 2004.

    Her boyfriend Raul Beia, 39, from Clapham, south-west London, who was also granted asylum to live in the UK, was jailed for 13 years after being found guilty of illegally importing drugs.

    Abdul Banda, 34, of Ashbourne Road, Ealing, West London, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was jailed for 10-and-a-half years.

    The court was told Beia and Banda were the "ringleaders" of the operation, while Matos was a courier and Dean Langley was recruited to receive and distribute the drugs.

    Twenty-year-old Langley, of Clem Attlee Estate, Fulham, west London, who had denied involvement, was sentenced to 11 years.

    The court was told Matos picked up the 4.94kg haul of 100% pure cocaine while HMS Manchester had docked at the port of Cartagena in Colombia, South America, in July last year.

    The destroyer, which had been on a seven-month deployment across the Atlantic and South Pacific, had spent time in Cape Verde for counter-narcotics training with the island's coastguard.

    It had also visited the US, the Falkland Islands, Brazil and Colombia.

    Judge Ian Pearson said: "This was a serious importation of a considerable quantity of cocaine.

    "The rewards that were to be made, had you been successful, would have been considerable and the penalties must be considerable as well.

    "It goes without saying this offence is so serious that only a custodial sentence of some length may be justified."

    Matos, of Contsworth Court, Gateshead, was arrested in Plymouth while Banda was arrested with Beia and Langley at Portsmouth's Ibis Hotel.

    The three men had been caught on CCTV purchasing digital scales, plastic boxes and clear food wrap to be used to distribute the drugs.

    Judge Pearson ordered for the drugs and paraphernalia to be confiscated and destroyed.

    Following the sentencing, the Ministry of Defence said criminal behaviour would not be tolerated in the Royal Navy.

    "Individuals given custodial sentences are usually discharged from the service," a spokesman said.

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    What is a wren?
    He who has the money, signs the cheques.
    He who signs the cheques, makes the rules.
    He who makes the rules, has the power.
    He who has the power, has the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    What is a wren?
    It is the name for a member of the Womens Royal Naval Service.

    Or as my dad used to call all female members of the armed services "Lumpy jumpers".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorwaycop View Post
    Or as my dad used to call all female members of the armed services "Lumpy jumpers".
    Your Father was a very polite gentleman I've heard them called a number of other things

    The Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force still have a destinct name for the female staff, the Birtish Army have disbanded the Womens Corps and they now wear the cap badge of their trade and work alongside their male counterparts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorwaycop View Post
    It is the name for a member of the Womens Royal Naval Service.

    Or as my dad used to call all female members of the armed services "Lumpy jumpers".
    Essex Girls?


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    One of our squdron's aircrew was catching a USAF hop from mainland Southeast Asia to the US for leave. This guy travelled alone, with a suitcase stuffed with Thai-sticks (processed for sale marijuana). Met by random USAF Security + K-9, on a mid-Pacific fuel stop. Arrested and sent to Hawaii for Courts Martial. At trial, no defense case. Being in the chain-of-command (Division Officer), I was called to present any mitigation of sentence....nothng on his behalf, that a huge trust had been violated by him.... In those days of the early 70's "enlightenment" a Naval Court Martial gave credit for fines and custody and imposed an "other than honorable" administrative discharge.

    I am pleased the Crown Courts awarded those long sentences and Hon. Judge Pearson went on the record. HMS Manchester and her crew took a hit, now the stain can be removed from her decks. I hope the Royal Navy has already dishonorably stricken their names from the rolls. I wonder if there are stone quarres at HM Prisons in northern Scotland.......?

    There were times when dishonorable discharges were done by the Service at a public muster or parade. Uniforms were stripped and they were removed by MP and kicked off the base.
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    They should be deported at the end of their sentence as well. Strike that just boot them now.
    Unfortunately they won't as asylum already granted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 213th View Post
    What is a wren?
    Quote Originally Posted by Motorwaycop View Post
    It is the name for a member of the Womens Royal Naval Service.
    I believe we used to call them WAC's or WAVES.


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