A pensioner has been cleared of smuggling £70,000 of cocaine in engine parts from Colombia.
The drugs, hidden in six car engine pistons, was sent from Medellin in Colombia to an address in Tottenham, north
The package addressed to Raoul Gonzalez Gonzalez was intercepted in Leipzig airport in
It was sent on to London’s Heathrow airport where it was seized by border officials.
The pistons were found to contain 779g of cocaine hydrochloride with a high purity of 88 per cent, the court was told.
Midel Lema Correa, 74, has been cleared of smuggling £70,000 of cocaine in engine parts from Colombia (file photo)
Police substituted the off-white powder for a dummy substance and deployed an undercover officer called Kevin to pose as a DHL delivery man.
In body worn footage, jurors saw the defendant sign for the package on the doorstep of his terraced home in Craven Park Road wearing a baseball cap and hoodie.
The same day, police raided his ground floor flat and found paraphernalia for cutting cocaine including chemicals, scales, snap bags and three mobile phones, jurors were told.
On his arrest, the defendant said in a prepared statement that he had agreed to accept a parcel for someone else and had no idea it contained cocaine.
Giving evidence, the pensioner could not explain the drugs equipment in his home.
He claimed he sent £80,000 back to Colombia to fund a rooster business back home.
Correa was cleared of smuggling cocaine into the UK, but a jury failed to reach a verdict on a second charge of production of cocaine on or before September 26 last year.
The prosecution was given seven days to decide whether to seek a retrial.
Giving evidence at the Old Bailey, the pensioner could not explain the drugs equipment in his home. He claimed he sent £80,000 back to Colombia to fund a rooster business back home