British "Full Metal Jacket" Drug Gang Jailed

British "Full Metal Jacket" Drug Gang Jailed

By McCarton Ackerman 07/17/13

Their Kubrick-inspired nicknames were "stupid, as they gave police a good idea of the role each member played."

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The eight members of a British drug trafficking gang known as "Full Metal Jacket" have been sentenced to a total of 121 years in jail for transporting nearly $38 million worth of cocaine from Mexico to Yorkshire, England. The gang modeled themselves after Stanley Kubrick's critically acclaimed war film Full Metal Jacket, which they used to inspire their code names—senior gang member Paul Robertson was known as "Colonel," while accomplices Frank Babar and Richard Stead adopted the nicknames "G-man" and "Ten Seconds." They also used the term "the Strip" to refer to Ecclesail Road in Sheffield, England, where they met to discuss deals and pick up cocaine packages. Prosecutor David Brooke told the court that the gang's Kubrick-inspired names were "incredibly stupid... as they gave police a very good idea of the role each member played." Their inter-continental drug runs lasted for two years and saw them rake in upwards of $750,000 a month before they were busted by South Yorkshire police following a huge investigation in August 2011, which involved numerous foreign law enforcement agencies. The sentences for the eight gang members ranged from 12-21 years; Babar is still awaiting his sentence after being convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine and concealing criminal property.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.

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