#AceNewsReport – Sept.28: A search by Border Force uncovered the cocaine hidden in plastic wrapped packages which had been placed in boxes on top of the legitimate goods….
#AceDailyNews reports that a lorry-driver jailed for 9yrs on 24/09/2021 in £3.2m cocaine smuggling plot: The National Crime Agency investigated Vladimir Mrdak after the Slovakian-registered lorry he was driving was stopped at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles, France, on 12 July this year.
The drugs would have been worth around £3.2 million if sold on the streets of the UK: Mrdak, 37, of Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, told investigators he did not know how the drugs ended up in the trailer of the lorry: He was subsequently charged with attempting to import class A drugs, which he pleaded guilty to during a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court on on 16 August.
NCA Branch Commander Mark Howes said: “Organised crime groups rely on people like Mrdak to feed supplies of lethal class A drugs to the UK, so this intervention would have dealt them a blow: The trade in cocaine is synonymous with exploitation and violence, and this seizure would have dented the profits of those who poison our communities by distributing it: Our work with partners like Border Force to pursue the organised criminals behind drugs smuggling will never stop.”
Ian Hanson, Director, Europe and International of Border Force, said: “Results like this are a testament to the hard work of Border Force officers and the close relationship with have with our NCA partners: I know that my officers are absolutely committed to preventing the flow of illegal drugs into the UK and disrupting the organised criminal gangs who rely on it: Thanks to their work a significant quantity of cocaine has been prevented from entering the country, and subsequent work with and by the NCA has led to a significant jail term for the man responsible.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.23: His truck, carrying lettuce, was searched by Border Force officers and packages containing 70 kilos of ketamine and 20 kilos of mephedrone were found in voids hidden around the cab…..
#AceDailyNews reports a lorry driver who attempted to smuggle ketamine and mephedrone worth £2 million into the UK by hiding it in his mattress has been jailed: The National Crime Agency investigated Alessio Giovannetti (36), from Italy, after his HGV was stopped at Dover on 29 May 2021.
Further amounts were discovered in Giovannetti’s mattress, with NCA forensic experts estimating the drugs to have been worth £2 million at street level.
NCA officers questioned Giovannetti who stated that the packages smelt bad so he had placed them around his cab to stop the smell.
He said he believed the packages contained horse medication which he did not think was illegal.
Giovannetti was charged with two counts of attempting to import class B drugs.
NCA senior investigating officer Daren Nicholls said: “ Alessio Giovannetti went to great efforts to hide these drugs around his cab, claiming it was their bad smell that caused him to conceal his illegal haul: Drug runners like Giovannetti should not doubt that we are determined to catch them and bring them to justice: These drugs would have caused serious harm if they had reached the streets of the UK and we will continue to work with our Border Force partners to ensure criminal activity like Giovannetti’s is disrupted.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.05: Miodrag Ivankovic, 45, was stopped by Border Force officers on 6 September at the freight controls in Dover after arriving from Calais.
#AceDailyNews reports that a trucker has been sentenced to 11 years behind bars for smuggling cocaine with a street value of £7-million after an NCA Investigation ……
Officers searched his truck and cut into a suspicious pallet of boxes and white powder spilled out.
Inside the truck was a total of 94kg of cocaine with a street value of £7.5m.
Ivankovic’s DNA was on the boxes containing the drugs and he admitted trying to smuggle the Class A.
Ivankovic, from Banja Luka, in north Bosnia, was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday (29 July).
NCA Branch Commander Martin Grace said: “We and our Border Force partners have taken a significant consignment of cocaine out of the supply chain: “ The organised crime group behind the plot have lost profits they would have ploughed back into more offending and they have lost a trusted smuggler: Drugs bring misery to UK communities and the NCA will continue to do everything it can to combat the threat.”
#AceNewsReport – Aug.03: Officers searched his truck and cut into a suspicious pallet of boxes and white powder spilled out: Inside the truck was a total of 94kg of cocaine with a street value of £7.5m: Ivankovic’s DNA was on the boxes containing the drugs and he admitted trying to smuggle the Class A: Ivankovic, from Banja Luka, in north Bosnia, was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday (29 July).
#AceDailyNews reports on a trucker who has been jailed for 11-years for smuggling drugsworth more than £7m of cocaine: Miodrag Ivankovic, 45, was stopped by Border Force officers on 6 September at the freight controls in Dover after arriving from Calais.
NCA Branch Commander Martin Grace said: “We and our Border Force partners have taken a significant consignment of cocaine out of the supply chain: The organised crime group behind the plot have lost profits they would have ploughed back into more offending and they have lost a trusted smuggler: Drugs bring misery to UK communities and the NCA will continue to do everything it can to combat the threat.”
#AceNewsReport – May.22: The National Crime Agency launched an investigation after Robertas Trimailovas, aged 46, of Alytus, was stopped at Dover’s Eastern Docks on 5 April this year:
KENT: ‘Lorry driver hid cocaine worth £1m in cab: Border Force officers searched the cab section of the Lithuanian-registered lorry and found the cocaine hidden in three separate spaces in the lining surrounding the driver’s bunk bed’
The drugs would have been worth around £1m if sold on the streets of the UK.
Trimailovas was interviewed by NCA officers and subsequently charged with importing a class A drug. He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on 10 May, and was sentenced to nine years at the same court today (14 May).
NCA Dover Branch Commander Martin Grace said: “Drug runners like Trimailovas should be in no doubt about our determination to catch them and bring them to justice.
“Class A drugs bring violence and exploitation to our communities, and working with partners like Border Force we are committed to disrupting the organised crime groups involved.”
#AceNewsReport – Mar.21: Officers from Border Force scanned his lorry and detected an anomaly in the load: Within the trailer unit, they found two shrink wrapped stacks of tyres. When the tyres were cut into, packages of cocaine weighing 470 kilos were found:
The National Crime Agency investigated the German national following the seizure of the drugs at Dover’s Eastern Docks on 18thMarch 2020: ‘Drug trafficker jailed after £37.6 million cocaine seizure: Kawus Rafiei, 57, originally from Shiraz in Iran, was sentenced yesterday (Friday) after being found guilty of attempting to import Class A drugs following a five-day trial at Canterbury Crown Court’
20 March 2021
Rafiei, who had paperwork for two legitimate deliveries on board, produced additional documentation for the tyres which showed they were loaded in the Netherlands and heading to a car fit company in the UK.
But NCA officers were able to show the paperwork had been doctored for the cover load.
NCA forensic experts believe the drugs would have been worth an estimated £37.6 million once cut and sold on the streets of the UK.
NCA Dover Branch Commander Martin Grace said: “This seizure prevented a huge amount of cocaine from coming into the UK, and has landed a corrupt lorry driver in jail: “ The drugs trade leads to violence in our communities, and often it’s the most vulnerable people who suffer the consequences: “ Working with partners like Border Force we are committed to breaking the supply chain, and disrupting the organised crime groups involved.”