Victor Roberts hid a huge haul of drugs and ammunition in a false bottom of an industrial compressor. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
Victor Roberts hid a huge haul of drugs and ammunition in a false bottom of an industrial compressor. *Photo by Kageaki Smith
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THURSDAY, JUNE 21: A father-of-five who was caught trying to smuggle more than $10 million worth of drugs into Bermuda has been jailed for 20 years.

Victor Roberts travelled to the US last June 28 and hid the huge haul, which included heroin, cocaine, cannabis and 200 rounds of ammunition, in a false bottom of an industrial compressor.

The 46-year-old made the modifications to the compressor himself and then made arrangements for it to be shipped back to Bermuda.

But Roberts was under surveillance by police and customs throughout the operation and was arrested as he began cutting the false bottom open outside his Warwick home on July 25.

The authorities had in fact intercepted the haul in the US and replaced the drugs and ammunition with "dummy" packages.

At Supreme Court today Roberts was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Puisne Judge Charles Etta Simmons.

Roberts admitted conspiring to import heroin, cocaine, cannabis and ammunition into Bermuda.