Two Smugglers Used Golf Clubs to Transport Cocaine to UK

Friday June 17th, 2016
Tony Bayne, 52, was one of two men sentenced Friday for trying to smuggle cocaine into the UK via golf club shafts.
Courtesy of Central News

Cocaine smuggling stories pop up here and there, but rarely do they make waves in the golf world. Maybe that's what Tony Bayne and Taher Najmzadeh were banking on.

Between 2012 and 2014, the two men used golf clubs as their primary tools in a large cocaine smuggling attempt into the UK. According to a report from the Evening Standard, the two men concealed cocaine in the shafts of golf clubs, but were caught and sentenced today.

Despite taking photos posing as golfers after being recruited to commit the act, police busted Bayne and Najmzadeh for 17 kg of the drug, approximately worth $4.7 million.

The disguise only took them so far though. Prosecutor Catherine Pattison said the duo was "not remotely interested in playing a round of golf."

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