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Open and shut case of dealers’ secret £1m cocaine stash

Jailed: Flat owner Amber May

COCAINE worth £1million was found hidden in a secret compartment in a bookcase when police searched a suspected dealer’s flat.

The compartment, containing 20lbs of the class A drug, was opened by a remote control found hidden under a baseball cap.

Amber May, the owner of the flat, claimed she didn’t know the compartment was there.

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The 30-year-old accused Klisdorin Lumnica, 24, of installing the bookcase and hiding the drug in her bedroom when he stayed at the flat.

But she was found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment after a trial at Kingston crown court. Lumnica was jailed for 14 years after admittting the same charge at an earlier hearing.

The court was shown pictures of Lumnica collecting drugs from May’s flat in Surbiton, south-west London, as well as text messages exchanged between May and Lumnica, of Epsom, Surrey, about the remote control, with her asking him to ‘remember to put the blind down’. He was seen handing a package to Arthur Bennett, 46, in April in Epsom, Surrey. When the car was stopped, police found cocaine in the boot with a street value of more than £200,000.

Hat-trick: The compartment’s remote control was hidden under a cap PICTURES: SWNS

Bennett admitted the cocaine was his and was jailed for six years for possession with intent to supply cocaine and nine months for possession with intent to supply class B drugs.

Police found cannabis in the Epsom home he shared with 34-year-old Melissa Leming. She was given a nine-month suspended sentence after admitting possession with intent to supply class B drugs.