Two men have been sentenced today to a total of over 34 years for smuggling cocaine worth over £41 million in a yacht.
Hendrik Brugmans and Raymond Aalders smuggled the cocaine hidden in a yacht, known as ‘Golem’. Both pleaded guilty and were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court.
Lorna Vincent, reviewing lawyer in the International Justice and Organised Crime Division at the CPS, said:
“Hendrik Brugmans and Raymond Aalders smuggled nearly a tonne of cocaine, which has an estimated wholesale value of over £41 million. They hid the cocaine inside the yacht in a workbench, seat floors, a wardrobe and a fresh water tank.
“The yacht was found seven miles off the South East of Rye within British territorial waters, where Hendrik Brugmans was found as the owner of the yacht and Raymond Aalders was aboard.
“The strength of our evidence left the two men, who were in pursuit of enormous profits, with no choice but to plead guilty. This case shows no matter how sophisticated the drugs importation, the CPS will work hard to bring offenders to justice.”
Hendrik Brugmans: 20 years 9 months
Raymond Aalders: 14 years