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Drugs mastermind's web of deceit
By Julia Houston
BBC News, Liverpool

Edward Robert Jarvis
The Pulse yacht was bought for 30,000 in cash
The mastermind behind a major international drugs operation took his dealings from the leafy Liverpool suburbs of West Derby to the millionaires' playground of Margarita.

Edward Jarvis was trapped by an investigation which revealed a web of deceit spanning continents and using false names, addresses and aliases.

The National Crime Squad (NCS) probe linked the 40-year-old Liverpudlian with a South American cocaine plot worth an estimated 48m.

The drugs were found on a yacht, called The Pulse, which was bought by an associate of his for 30,000, paid for in cash.

The 38ft yacht was bought on the Greek island of Rhodes in October 1999 before it was sailed to the Caribbean, reaching Margarita in March 2000.

The NCS suspected Jarvis was linked to the Venezuelan plot, but was finally caught after he wired money from a Spanish bank account to the yacht's crew members, under an alias of Andrew Rainford.

'Extensive travel'

The cash was sent over to crew members Denis Wale, of Burnley, Lancashire, and Donald McNeil, of Hartlepool, Teesside, who used the cash to rent a people carrier from a local firm.

Two weeks later, the pair were arrested unloading large packages of white powder from the vehicle onto the yacht.

Jarvis, from West Derby's exclusive Sandfield Park estate, was eventually arrested in connection with the cocaine haul in 2004, after serving a year-long prison sentence for tax evasion, money laundering and false passport charges.

He played a supervisory role in the plot, and while being based in Liverpool he travelled extensively abroad, spending a lot of time in Turkey and South America.

The NCS also wanted him in connection with a drugs haul in The Netherlands in 1998.

Dutch police raided a house and found cannabis and amphetamines with an estimated street value of 600,000 inside.

Three people were arrested at the house, and although Jarvis was not present, a false passport with his photograph and the name Peter Jones was found at the scene.

On Thursday, Jarvis was convicted of conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to supply and assisting and inducing the commission of a drugs offence in The Netherlands between November 1997 and May 1998.

He was jailed for 28 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

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