Coach Driver Sentenced For Cocaine Deal In Wandsworth

He was caught after making a "very unusual drop off"

A coach driver was sentenced to four years and eight months imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday for his role in a 3kg cocaine deal in Wandsworth.

Jerone Eggermont, a Dutch national, was arrested by officers from the Met Central Task Force after being spotted making the very unusual drop off in Ponton Road, Wandsworth on 15 May 2012.

The 43 year old driver, who was on a trip back from a seaside drop-off at Folkestone, was caught handing over drugs with a street value of over £165k to Jonathon Vallejo Penna, 28, following a detailed police surveillance job.

Vallejo-Penna pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and received a sentence of four years imprisonment.
Eggermont pleaded guilty on the same day to being concerned in the prohibition on the importation of Cocaine and received a sentence of four years eight months imprisonment.

Coach driver, Eggermont, who travels across Europe, used his legitimate job as a front for the drug smuggling deal. On his arrest in May, officers recovered thirty five thousand Euros, mainly in 200 Euro notes.

Analysis of the drugs seized revealed that it was almost three kilos of cocaine at 78% purity. Intelligence suggests that the large cocaine haul recovered by police was destined for distribution by London based gangs.

Detective Inspector Colin Stephenson said: "This is another example of the Central Task Force combating the supply of crack-cocaine destined for gangs within London. We will continue to rigorously pursue those who seek to profit from the misery of ordinary Londoners going about their everyday lives. "

June 29, 2012