A man who tried to smuggle a kilo of cocaine through Gatwick Airport, by hiding it in a pair of trousers, has been jailed for 5 years. Hungarian national Sandor Malnai, who's 49, was stopped by Border Force officers who spotted a pair of "unnaturally stiff" green trousers in his luggage.
Malnai believed he could get his illicit cargo past our border controls and as a result he now faces a substantial amount of time behind bars. Our highly-trained Border Force officers are on the front line of the fight to stop illegal drugs like cocaine making it on to the UK's streets and causing harm to our communities. Working with the NCA, we are determined to do all we can to tackle traffickers and the criminal groups behind smuggling."
– Carole Upshall, Border Force South regional director
Lorry driver Paul McCarthy has been charged with importing heroin.
He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday, August 7 and was sentenced for 10 years.
Malcolm Bragg, from Border Force, said: "Our officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK and take them out of the supply chain before they reach the sheets.
"Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted will face prison sentences. The message to anyone tempted to get involved is clear. We will catch you and you will pay with your liberty."
If they had succeeded they would have flooded the UK with £90 million worth of cocaine. Today, two men were sentenced to more than 40 years in jail - for trying to smuggle the drugs into the country on a sailing boat.
The pair were caught red handed - just off the coast of the Isle of Wight - with the class A substance stuffed into packets and cylinders - and hidden behind false walls.
But they were stopped in time by the UK Border Agency - whose job it is to patrol our coastline and to prevent drugs getting onto our streets. Charlotte Wilkins reports and speaks to Tim Fleming from the UK Border Agency.
Two men who were caught with ninety million pounds worth of drugs on a yacht off the Isle of Wight have been sentenced to more than forty years in jail.
The cocaine was found by Border Agency officials during a search of the vessel in Portsmorth.
It's one of the largest seizures to be made in the UK.
More than 470 packages and cyclinders of cocaine were found hidden behind false walls, in compartments and a holdall when officers carried out a search of the yacht "Baila" in June last year at the naval dockyard.
In an earlier hearing at Winchester Crown Court earlier, Piotr Pachnia, who's 33, was handed a 24 year sentence - he was convicted of being in possession of 454 kilograms of the class A drug.
The captain, Thomas Dylik, who admitted the same charge, has been sent to prison for 18 and a half years.
The two had been living on the yacht which was being tracked for about 24 hours from waters off Plymouth until it was 11 miles south of the Isle of Wight.
Officials, suspicious illegal drugs could be on board, escorted it to Portsmouth .
The judge at today's sentencing commended the officers involved and said they'd prevented an "enormous amount of cocaine from ending up on the streets of this country".