On January 28 last year, George Hume, aged 52, was stopped by Border Force officers at International Passenger Terminal at North Shields with a large quantity of cocaine in his possession after travelling back from Amsterdam.
Hume was caught smuggling 349g of cocaine that was found wrapped, taped and packaged in his bag and which he initially denied all knowledge of.
A multi-partner investigation was launched and extensive enquiries were carried out which resulted in Hume pleading guilty to importing Class A drug with intent to evade prohibition.
On Wednesday, July 3, Hume, of Granton Road in Edinburgh, was sentenced to four years in prison at Newcastle Crown Court for smuggling the drugs and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £140.
Detective Constable Philip Gray, one of the officers working on the investigation from Northumbria Police, said: “This is fantastic display of working together with partners and other agencies to carry out a thorough investigation which saw an offender behind bars.
“Hume thought he could outwit the authorities and attempt to bring drugs into our country and onto our streets- but was greatly mistaken.
“Drugs have a huge impact on our communities and this should send a strong message to potential offenders that we, along with our partners, will use every power at our disposal to bring offenders before the courts.”