Brian Brendan Wright

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Brian Brendan Wright is an Irish[1] criminal involved in fixing horse races by doping more than 20 race horses in 1990 [2] as well as a drug trafficker who is estimated to have smuggled 3 tons of cocaine into Great Britain over a period of two years. Originally based in Britain, he had been out of the country when authorities began arresting members of his organization (including his own son, Brian Jr and former son in law, Paul Shannon) as the result of a six-year investigation resulting from the capture of a converted fishing trawler, the Sea Mist, after Irish customs officials discovered 599 kg of cocaine while docked at Cork, Ireland in September 1996.

Eventually relocating to northern Cyprus, he purchased a £300,000 villa near occupied Lapithos in the name of a Turkish Cypriot friend and, by 1998, his organization operated freely as the northern Cyprus government is recognized only by Turkey and thus has no extradition treaties with any other country.

In 2002, British authorities announced the capture of a top member of his organization, South African drug trafficker Hilton John Van Staden, who eventually pleaded guilty to conspiring to smuggle drugs into the country with customs officials claiming the destruction of Wright's organization.

In April 2005, he was arrested by police in Sotogrande, Spain [3] and on 2 April 2007 he was found guilty of running one of the most sophisticated and successful cocaine smuggling organisations in the world.[1]

On 2 April 2007, after an 11-year investigation, he was found guilty of running an international cocaine smuggling empire.[4] The following day he was sentenced to 30 years and according to his lawyers, had accepted he will die in jail.[5] Wright was a friend of celebrity comedian Jim Davidson, owning part of one of Davidson's horses.[6]


  1. ^ a b "UK | England | London | Cocaine trafficking boss guilty". BBC News. 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Wright Warned Off for 20 Years". 2002-12-13. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  3. ^ "Something rotten in Marbella | Spero News". Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ "UK | England | London | Cocaine trafficking boss guilty". BBC News. 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ "UK | England | London | Cocaine baron jailed for 30 years". BBC News. 2007-04-03. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ "Programmes | Panorama | Brian Wright". BBC News. 2002-10-04. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 

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