The two middle-aged men were convicted for importing 480lbs of cocaine into the UK over six years
Night steward Edward Tron, 51, and P&O chef Mark Quilliam, 55, – also an RMT union official – recruited colleagues to carry 2lb packages of cocaine on and off ferries in Hull and Rotterdam.
Their jobs meant they avoided standard custom checks.
The duo imported 480lbs of cocaine for Liverpool gangsters over six years.
Father-of-two Tron, who was paid £313,000, boasted of living “a dream life” and being “invincible”.
He used his ill-gotten gains to pay for a breast op and tummy tuck for his wife, Susan, before he began dating a woman half his age.
Tron bragged to workmates of winning £100,000 in a four-year “lucky” betting streak.
Bizarre smuggling attempts
Tue, March 29, 2016
Criminals will go to extreme lengths to earn money, here are some of the most bizarre drug smuggle attempts, from parcels hid inside an ambulance and drugs smuggled inside a wig.
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A cannabis smuggling gang shipped £20 million worth of the class B drug into Britain in rolled up carpets
Mark Quilliam (left) and Eddie Tron (right) were each jailed for 16 years
Tron, of Gateshead, and Quilliam, of Liverpool, were found guilty at Hull Crown Court of conspiracy to smuggle cocaine and were yesterday jailed for 16 years each.
Tron’s wife Susan, 54, was found guilty of money laundering and jailed for nine months.