The breakdown truck that transported three kilos of cocaine to Corby hidden in a secret compartment

Alex McConnell was yesterday jailed for ten years and eight months along with two co-conspirators

Friday, 16th April 2021, 12:09 pm
The recovery truck caught on motorway cameras. Image: Northants Police.

Police have this morning (Friday, April 16) released images of a breakdown truck that transported cocaine worth hundreds of thousands from Liverpool to Corby.

The cocaine, bought and sold by Alex McConnell of Stanion Lane, ended up on the streets of Corby. While presenting a front as a well-known, legitimate businessman running Corby's Central Autpoint from Maylan Road, McConnell, 56, was bringing cocaine into Corby and selling it to local people.He transported it by paying a runner to pick up a 'stash' vehicle with the drugs hidden in the dashboard from Liverpool and bringing it on his breakdown truck back to Corby.

McConnell has now severed ties with the family business and resigned as a director last year.

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Some of the items found by police during raids on the suspects' homes. Image: Northants Police

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply Class-A drugs along with Matthew Murray, of Moor Lane, Liverpool and Liam Rogers, of Orleander Way and was sentenced at Northampton Crown Court yesterday. He will serve half of a ten year, eight month sentence in custody. Rogers and Murray were sentenced to nine years in prison.

Lead Investigator Matthew Ridley from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) Serious and Organised Crime Team, said: “This was an exceptionally sophisticated operation with all three men doing everything they could to evade police detection, even going so far as to create a homemade compartment within a van which they then transported to Corby using a breakdown vehicle.

“This has been a complex investigation but I am really pleased that all of the hard work has paid off with guilty pleas from all three men.

“Tackling the scourge of Class A drugs is an absolute priority for us and we will continue to bring the people who think it is a legitimate way to make money, to justice.”

Matthew Murray and Liam Rogers
Alexander McConnell