Love Island star faces jail after being caught trafficking cocaine into UK in £53m drug smuggling operation

Love Island star Magdalena Sadlo, aged 29, is facing a jail sentence after being caught smuggling cocaine in to London from Dubai as part of a large drugs operation. Photo by Instagram.Love Island star Magdalena Sadlo, aged 29, is facing a jail sentence after being caught smuggling cocaine in to London from Dubai as part of a large drugs operation. Photo by Instagram.
Love Island star Magdalena Sadlo, aged 29, is facing a jail sentence after being caught smuggling cocaine in to London from Dubai as part of a large drugs operation. Photo by Instagram. | Instagram
A former Love Island contestant is facing jail after being caught smuggling cocaine into the UK in an ‘Amazon-style’ drugs operation which was worth an estimated £53million.

Magdalena Sadlo, aged 29, appeared on the Polish version of the hit reality dating TV show in 2021. She plead guilty to transporting the Class A drug between March 2022 and May 2023 at Carlisle Crown Court earlier this month.

Sadlo could now be facing a prison sentence because of her crime. The maximum penalty for this offence is up to seven years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.

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The TV personality was caught as part of an investigation codenamed Operation Matrix after flying into London’s Heathrow Airport from Dubai.

While appearing on Love Island, Saldo described herself as a “spontaneous, self-confident blonde who you can count on” and bragged that she had previously “stolen” someone’s partner before. She was introduced as one of the Casa Amor bombshells, which are new contestants brought in to tempt existing contestants and test partnerships. Her time on the show was short-lived, however.

Saldo’s LinkedIn page said she worked in sales until earlier this year, and in January she co-founded a luxury yacht rental company in Dubai. Labelled as “one-stop shop for all boat rental and events”, it claimed to provide “hospitality and VIP experiences”. “From birthdays that sparkle on the sea to picture-perfect proposals, intimate engagement parties, sophisticated dinner soirées, to high-stakes corporate gatherings – we captain it all!” its website read.

Saldo wrote on her LinkedIn page that she had “a passion for looking after clients”. The former reality TV star, who was previously said to live in Bracknell, Berkshire, will be sentenced later this year.

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Nine men who were also involved in the drug operation were sentenced to over 106 years in prison between the, in March after admitting to conspiracy to supply the Class A substance, according to the Manchester Evening News.

While the maximum sentence for smuggling a Class A drug is up to seven years in prison, supply and production offences carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, an unlimited fine or both. Prosecutor Tim Evans said: “This is Amazon-style drug-dealing with that level of organisation and commerciality about it.”

The operation worth up to an estimated £53million was uncovered when police seized a 1kg supply of cocaine in Bowness-on-Windermere in the Lake District last February. The drug had been imported from abroad before being warehoused and then distributed to towns and cities across the UK including Cumbria, Hexham and Newcastle.

Saldo will remain in custody until her sentencing later this year.