Two men were found guilty of possessing cannabis resin worth more than £250,000 after smuggling the resin from Spain into the UK in raw, frozen chickens.
Two shady culprits
Concerned neighbors of pensioners Michael Kinkaid, 72 and Anthony Wright, 76, reported what they thought was the smell of a rotting corpse in their industrial unit located in Laindon, Essex.
Much to the surprise of the neighbors and local officers, that rotting corpse smell actually turned out to be over £250k worth of marijuana. Why the rotting smell? Kinkaid, a former police officer, and Wright, a retired meat dealer, smuggled the 267 kilos of weed inside raw, frozen chickens – but that’s not how the marijuana was found.
Wannabe Los Polos Set-Up
Officers discovered 89 blocks of cannabis resin hidden under polythene sheeting after they broke into the industrial unit following the suspicious smell. It turns out that Kinkaid and Wright forgot one crucial step in their wannabe Breaking Bad Los Polos set-up: they didn’t clean the blocks, leaving traces of raw chicken all over the packs. This raw chicken then began to rot and cause a stench so concerning neighbors called authorities and authorities used force entry due to “concern for life.”
This slip-up is the main reason Kinkaid and Wright were caught. DC Evans, the investigating officer on the case actually stated, “these men were caught because they failed to clean the sealed packs of cannabis resin after they were separated from the frozen chickens.” With Wright’s experience as a meat dealer and even an inkling of common sense, you would think that could have been avoided.
The defendants claimed they had no knowledge of the drugs and their lawyers claimed they had been conned to act as buffers for the real criminals. They also said they had been in business with two men known as “The Thompson Twins,” who were responsible but prosecutor Peter Clark said they had failed to present evidence of their presence.
Although Kinkaid and Wright denied any involvement in the important of drugs, after a six-day trial at a Basildon Crown Court in October, both Kinkaid and Wright were found guilty of possessing cannabis with intent to supply.