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Gang smuggles $2 billion in drugs across border in ambulances by posing as paramedics

By Mason White 5:04 PM November 29, 2015
Ambulances used to smuggle drugs 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A gang was caught smuggling drugs into the United Kingdom, by posing as paramedics and driving ambulances containing drugs, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 55-year-old Leonardus Bijlsma of Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands, 51-year-old Richard Engelsbel of Amsterdam, and 38-year-old Olof Schoon of Haarlemmermeer, have been convicted in connection with the multi billion dollar drug smuggling operation.

28-year-old Dennis Vogelaar of Haarlemmermeer, who was arrested along with the gang, has been found not guilty at the Birmingham Crown Court.

According to the police investigation, officers of the National Crime Agency tracked an ambulance belonging to the gang as they entered the country through the Harwich Port.

The ambulance then went to a parking lot in Smethwick.

Vogelaar and Engelsbel exited the ambulance dressed in paramedic uniforms and were joined by Schoon and Bijlsma, who had arrived in a Mercedes. The officers then arrested the four men.

Police searched secret compartments behind the interior walls of the ambulance and found 425 pounds of cocaine, 163 pounds of heroin, and 20,000 ecstasy tablets.

Police said that the drugs had a street value of $50 million. The drugs had been color coded along with a list of 20 clients.

Police believe that the gang used ambulances at least 45 times to transport drugs into the country during the past 14 months.

The total street value of the drugs was estimated at $2 billion.