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Lorry driver jailed over £3.8m drugs smuggling operation

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.

– Malcolm Bragg, Border Force

Man found guilty following Suffolk's largest drugs haul

A man has been found guilty of conspiracy to supply Class A controlled drugs after the discovery of £30m of cocaine.

The cocaine had a street value of £34m and was Suffolk's largest seizure of Class A drugs.

Frederick Colverson, 56, Galsworthy Avenue, London was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.

He will be sentenced on 7th August, together with Terance Smith, 57, a Company Director from Ethelreda Drive, Thetford who pleaded guilty to the same charge at an earlier hearing.

They were arrested following months of intelligence gathering relating to smuggling cocaine through Felixstowe Docks

The discovery of £34m worth of cocaine will have a significant impact and disruption on drug activity and criminality taking place within Suffolk and wider areas of the country.

– Detective Inspector Benny Benford, Suffolk Police

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Hertfordshire drug smuggler jailed for 30 years

A man from Hertfordshire who smuggled hundreds of millions of pounds worth of drugs into the UK has been jailed for 30 years.

Adegboyega Adeniji, who is 48 and comes from Hemel Hempstead, was stopped by border officers at Heathrow after he arrived on a flight from Amsterdam in 2011.

Searches of his two suitcases revealed they contained 31 kilos of cocaine, 5 kilos of heroin and 2 kilos of methamphetamine.

When investigators searched his rented flat they found 23 suitcases, many of which tested positive for drugs.

UK Border Agency staff believe he was a major figure in the drugs underworld.

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