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US national jailed for importing MDMA and Ketamine into the UK

An American man has been jailed for over four years after he imported MDMA and Ketamine into the UK and had it delivered to his hotel in the City of London.

Gregory Medunic, 46, from Philadelphia, was sentenced to four years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to importing a controlled drug of Class A and Class B, and being concerned in the supply of a Class A and Class B drug, at Inner London Crown Court on Monday 18 November 2019. Medunic will serve his jail time in the UK before being deported back to the US.

On Monday 5 August 2019, a Border Force intelligence officer intercepted a package addressed to Medunic who was staying at a hotel on Pepys Street, London (EC3N 4AF). The sender details showed the package was from Amsterdam. Inside, over 500 tablets of MDMA were found.

Enquiries by the City of London Police confirmed that Medunic was due to arrive at the hotel on 10 August 2019 and check out on 15 August 2019. On 6 August 2019 and 9 August 2019, two more packages arrived at the hotel addressed to Medunic. Police found nearly 100g of Ketamine and another 498 tablets of MDMA inside.

Officers from the City of London Police attended the hotel on 10 August 2019 to await Medunic’s arrival. He checked in at 00.29 on 11 August 2019 and was immediately arrested. He had a small amount of Ketamine in his pocket when he was arrested which he said was for personal use.

In interview, Medunic stated he was in the UK to visit friends but analysis of his iPhone revealed communication evidencing his knowledge and involvement in the onward sale of the drugs.  

Detective Constable Dominic Shaw, from the City of London Police, said:

“The City of London Police do not tolerate the importation or sale of illegal drugs and is determined to achieve the strongest sentences possible for those carrying out this criminal activity.

“Medunic, a drug user himself, believed he was above the law when he had drugs sent to his hotel in London. He was quite clearly in communication with others to sell these drugs on which could have had disastrous effects. Drug use is extremely dangerous and can result in death.”

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