A 31-year-old man from Bletchley who was part of a gang involved in a multi-million pound scheme to import the cutting agent benzocaine into the UK has been jailed for seven years.
Clifford Hall, of Whaddon Way, was found guilty of assisting in the supply of class A drugs, possession of a class B with intent to supply, possession of a class C drug with intent to supply and possession of a class C drug, following a trial at Preston Crown Court.
Hall was importing large amounts of benzocaine into the country from China, with the packages being delivered to Burnley and Ripley, in Derbyshire. The packages were then transported via Manchester back down to Milton Keynes.
An Essex lorry driver has been jailed for 12 years for smuggling around £3.8 million-worth of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy into the country via Dover.
Charlie Tomlinson, 31, of Melbourne Avenue, Chelmsford was arrested in Kent by UK Border Agency officers who scanned his vehicle.
They searched the lorry and trailer on August 2 last year and found drugs hidden in the space between the inner and outer roof of the trailer, a Border Force spokeswoman said.
Tomlinson was found guilty of smuggling class A drugs into the UK, following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.
The Border Force spokeswoman said Tomlinson smuggled an estimate 23kg of heroin, valued at £2.1 million, 10kg of cocaine, valued at £1.7 million, and 23,000 ecstasy tablets worth £71,000.
This was sophisticated drugs concealment and shows the lengths criminals will go to in attempting to evade the UK's border controls. The sentence handed down today should act as a warning to those who attempt to smuggle illegal drugs into this country.