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Four guilty of drug smuggling

PUBLISHED: 13:17 29 May 2002 | UPDATED: 12:01 03 March 2010

FOUR men have been found guilty of smuggling £900,000 of cocaine through the Port of Felixstowe.

But a jury at Ipswich Crown Court today failed to reached a verdict on a fifth defendant also accused of smuggling the drugs through the port in August last year.

FOUR men have been found guilty of smuggling £900,000 of cocaine through the Port of Felixstowe.

But a jury at Ipswich Crown Court today failed to reached a verdict on a fifth defendant also accused of smuggling the drugs through the port in August last year.

Columbian Jorge Gomez, 30, from London, was found guilty yesterdayafter the jury spent almost 11 hours considering the evidence.

Three Indonesian crewmen, Richard Bernardus, 27, Isitiyarto Iskander, 37, and Yayang Mardianus, 45, were also convicted of being involved in the smuggling. All four men had denied the charge.

But fellow Columbian Xavier Bermudez-Botero, 28, from London, who also denied the charge, now faces a retrial after the jury was hung on a verdict.

The four men who have been convicted were due to be sentenced today.


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