Two men have been convicted in court after Met officers found 10 kilos of cocaine, worth around £1 million in street value.
Ben Zeto, 30 (02.10.92), of Main Road, Biggin Hill and Adam Lyons, 35 (26.07.87), of Riverpark Way, Northfield, Birmingham were both found guilty of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs following a Met investigation.
Officers from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command were on proactive patrol in Bromley in July 2022 when they saw what they believed to be a drug deal on Sunningvale Avenue in Biggin Hill.
They witnessed two cars parked together and Zeto liaise with the driver of a blue Audi (Lyons). Zeto was holding a large black back.
Zeto then got back into a grey Audi which was driven off; officers followed the car and stopped it shortly after.
Zeto was sitting in the passenger’s seat and the black bag was in the foot well, inside the bag were 10 large blocks of cocaine with an apple logo printed on the packaging. Zeto was arrested for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
Meanwhile, officers began to trace the other car, the blue Audi, and found it at Cobham Services in Surrey. The driver, Lyons was also arrested for possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
The court heard that Lyons had driven to Biggin Hill from Birmingham to hand over the drugs.
An investigation that looked into Lyons’ mobile phone showed he was using an encrypted app, Wickr, to communicate with an unknown individual, who was giving instructions about several drop offs. The messages implied that Lyons was doing so in order to work off a debt.
Both men were found guilty by a jury at Croydon Crown Court on Friday, 3 February.
They will be sentenced on a date to be confirmed.
Detective Sergeant Andy Snazell led the investigation. He said: “We were shocked to discover such a large amount of drugs that day, but it goes to show how important proactive policing is and we have prevented a huge amount of cocaine making it onto London’s streets. Those drugs would have gone on to cause misery in the local community.
“There is no doubt the pair met that day to transfer the drugs and now they will pay the price for becoming involved in such a serious crime.”