A HAULAGE boss who led a double life as a drug baron was jailed for nearly 15 years yesterday.
Thomas Maher, 40, conspired to transport £1.5million of cocaine and launder £1million in cash.
Haulage boss Thomas Maher has been jailed for nearly 15 years for leading a double life as a drug baron[/caption]
He used the encrypted phone network Encrochat at home in Warrington, Cheshire, in his role as logistics manager for major crime gangs, Liverpool crown court heard.
The Irishman was arrested but never charged over the killing of 39 Vietnamese migrants in a lorry container.
Police then put him under surveillance for seven months until they arrested him a second time.
Maher lived in a modest three-bed house but on his driveway he owned a Range Rover, a Land Rover, a sleek, black Mercedes GLS worth £150,000, a BMW and a £70,000 imported Corvette.
He also had a watch collection worth £600,000 and splashed out on holidays, spending £70,000 on breaks in around three years.
Maher lived in a modest three-bed house but on his driveway owned a Range Rover, Land Rover, Mercedes GLS, BMW and a Corvette[/caption]
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Maher had a watch collection worth £600,000[/caption]
The Irishman bought a piece of £20,000 art made from bullets while in Dubai[/caption]
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