Who is Magdalena Sadlo? Love Island star arrested at Heathrow for cocaine smuggling in UK’s biggest drug bust worth £53m

Magdalena Sadlo, 29, a former contestant on the Polish version of Love Island, has been arrested on suspicion of smuggling cocaine as part of a £53 million drug ring. She was arrested at Heathrow Airport after flying in from Dubai and now faces a possible prison sentence.

Sadlo, who appeared on Love Island in 2021, had bragged about “stealing” another woman’s boyfriend during her time on the show. She was caught by officers from Operation Matrix, a police initiative targeting organised crime. After being remanded in custody, she is awaiting trial later this year.

Magdalena Sadlo
Former Love Island star Magdalena Sadlo, 29, has been arrested at Heathrow Airport after she was caught smuggling cocaine onto a flight from Dubai as part of a £53million drugs ring.

The arrest is part of one of the UK’s biggest ever drugs operations, which has seen a £53m drug trafficking ring dismantled. Earlier this year, nine men involved in the operation were sentenced to a combined 106 years in prison. The gang smuggled large quantities of cocaine into the UK and distributed it through ‘Amazon’-style deliveries, a term used to describe their organised and efficient method of operation.

The drugs network’s decline began when police seized 1kg of cocaine from a prison in Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, last year. The major seizure led investigators to scrutinise WhatsApp messages on the confiscated phones, which helped them identify key players in the operation, including Magdalena Sadlo.

Prosecutor Tim Evans described the operation as one of the largest ever carried out in the UK, stressing the sophisticated nature of the drug trafficking operation. He stressed that the gang’s operations were highly organised, resembling a commercial enterprise in their efficiency and scale.

Magdalena Sadlo, from Bracknell in Berkshire, admitted conspiring to supply a class A drug between March 2022 and May 2023. After appearing on Love Island, she worked in sales and later launched a yacht charter company in Dubai. Her LinkedIn profile details her business plans, describing her as passionate about customer hospitality and VIP experiences.

Despite his reality TV fame and subsequent business ventures, Sadlo’s involvement in drug trafficking has overshadowed his past. The former reality TV star is now one of many people implicated in this vast criminal network.

The nine men convicted earlier this year played a significant role in the drug trafficking network. Their sentences reflect the seriousness of their crimes, with their combined sentences totalling more than 106 years in prison. Most of these individuals were from Manchester, highlighting the extent of the drug trafficking network across the UK.

The maximum penalty for trafficking Class A drugs such as cocaine is seven years in prison, an unlimited fine, or both. However, production and supply offences carry even harsher penalties, including life imprisonment.

Magdalena Sadlo remains in custody until sentencing, marking a dramatic fall from grace for the former Love Island star. Her case highlights the serious consequences of involvement in organised crime and the ongoing efforts of law enforcement to tackle drug trafficking in the UK.