A HALL Green man has been found guilty for his part in importing an estimated £270,000 worth of cannabis resin into the UK.
Matthew Feavyour, 29, was one of three local men who masterminded a plot to smuggle the substance into Birmingham.
Last Thursday, jurors at Birmingham Crown Court found him guilty of conspiracy to supply class B drugs.
His accomplices Andrew Rickard, 44, also of Hall Green, and Gary Moore, 51, from Solihull, had pleaded guilty at the start of the trial.
Their elaborate operation was smashed earlier this year by West Midlands Police and the Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCA). Det Insp Martin Brennan said: “I am delighted by the jury’s decision to find Mr Feavyour guilty.
“Their verdict brings to an end the champagne lifestyle of three criminal who profited from other people’s misery.”
Police officers had arrested the trio after a lengthy operation – codenamed Stagnate. In April this year, detectives intercepted a consignment of air-conditioning units, arriving from Holland.
The load was bound for an industrial unit in Sparkbrook, but unbeknown to the haulage company - there was something hidden inside. No less than 380 blocks of cannabis resin were recovered.
Several properties were raided across the West Midlands and at Moore’s home police uncovered a cannabis factory in the loft. At Feavyour’s address there was a sophisticated set-up, ready to cultivate 128 plants.
The force is now investigating whether it can strip the three men of their ill-gotten gains. The defendants will be back at Birmingham Crown Court for sentence on November 9.
Anyone with information about drug-related crime can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.