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Lorry driver jailed after trying to smuggle £387,000 worth of cocaine into Dover

A Lithuanian lorry driver has been jailed for five years and four months after attempting to smuggle three kilos of cocaine into the UK.

The drugs had an estimated street value of £387,000.

Border Force officers stopped a Lithuanian-registered lorry at the freight controls in the Eastern Docks, Dover on 22 September 2014. After questioning the driver, Ceslovas Gailius, a detector dog was used to search the vehicle.

The dog, Arnie, gave a positive indication to a black rucksack that had been placed between pallets in the lorry’s load of car parts. Officers opened the rucksack and found three cling filmed-wrapped packages of white powder.

Drug dealer hid cocaine in his boxer shorts

A Kent drug dealer who hid cocaine in his boxer shorts has been jailed for three years.

Stephen Walkling concealed 20 wraps of the Class A drug in his underwear, which was discovered when he was stopped by Kent Police last year.

The 35-year-old, formerly of London Road, Swanley was in a vehicle stopped by officers on 13 September.

Walkling was arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs with intent to supply and also for driving whilst disqualified.


Police seize Class A drugs during Hampshire raids

One of the raids taking place Credit: Hampshire Police

Ten people have been arrested following the execution of ten drug warrants in Hampshire.

The warrants were executed at addresses in Gosport, Whiteley, Fareham, Dibden, Eastleigh and the Fareham area.

During the searches officers seized over £100,000 of suspected Class A drugs together with a large amount of cash.

Ten arrests during drugs crackdown in Hampshire

Ten people have been arrested following the execution of ten drug warrants in Hampshire.

The warrants were executed at addresses in Nobes Avenue in Gosport; Warsash Road in Warsash; Clydesdale Road in Whiteley; Emmanuel Close in Fareham; Hunts Pond Road in Park Gate; Caspian Close in Whiteley; Rockery Close in Dibden; Reeves Way in Bursledon; St Annes Grove in Fareham and Nutbeam Road in Eastleigh.

During the searches officers seized over £100,000 of suspected Class A drugs together with a large amount of cash.

£40 million of drugs seized as banana boat is raided in Portsmouth

The cocaine was discovered in a banana boat Credit: National Crime Agency

Cocaine with a likely UK street value of more than £40 million has been seized following an operation involving the National Crime Agency, Border Force and the Irish Garda.

The drugs were seized following the search of the cargo vessel Star Stratos at Portsmouth port on Monday evening.

Approximately 300 kilos were discovered concealed within a shipment of bananas which had originated in Colombia.

Investigations are continuing both in the UK and Ireland in conjunction with An Garda Síochána.

Deputy director Tom Dowdall, from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command, said: “Working with our law enforcement partners in the UK and Ireland we have successfully prevented a huge quantity of what is likely to be very high purity cocaine reaching our streets.

“Our investigations into the organised crime groups likely to be responsible for this shipment continues.

“This seizure once again demonstrates the international reach of the NCA and the impact we are having on the criminal networks involved in drug trafficking.”

Couple jailed for storing £47,000 worth of amphetamine

Daniel Fleming was jailed for storing drugs Credit: Kent Police
Alyx Costa was jailed for storing drugs Credit: Kent Police

A Sittingbourne couple who stored almost £50,000 worth of drugs in a fridge-freezer have been jailed.

Daniel Fleming, 30, and Alyx Costa, 23, both formerly of White Hart Mews, Milton Regis, stored a significant quantity of amphetamine and cannabis at their home, discovered by police following a raid on Thursday 5 June 2014.

Fleming pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply and was jailed for three years and eight months.

Costa admitted one count and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how police found two bags of cannabis and a fridge freezer full of plastic tubs containing amphetamine after executing a warrant at a flat rented in Costa’s name.

She was arrested at the scene while Fleming handed himself into Medway police station six days later.

The amphetamine has been valued at £47,000 but the total price could potentially have risen to hundreds of thousands of pounds by the time it reached the street.


Teenager jailed for supplying heroin and cocaine

Nathan Panter-Pironi Credit: Dorset Police

A teenager has been jailed for supplying heroin and crack cocaine.

Nathan Panter-Pironi, 19, from Bournemouth, appeared at the town's Crown Court for supplying heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Boscombe. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.

Nathan Panter-Pironi is the 26th person to be sentenced because of Operation Moped, with the defendants so far receiving cumulative prison sentences of 55 years and 7 months.

Another 10 defendants have entered guilty pleas.

Hampshire police seize drugs in north of the country

The Hampshire Constabulary Fortress team has been working with Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire police and Cheshire Police to execute four warrants in the north of the country.

Five people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering offences, after officers seized a quantity of suspected drugs and cash during searches.

The warrants were executed as part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of class A drugs in Southampton and Winchester.

A number of arrests have previously been made as part of this investigation and four people have been convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs resulting in a total of over 12 years imprisonment.

Detective Inspector Amanda Horsburgh said: "An offender may not live in our force area but that certainly doesn’t mean we will turn a blind eye to their offending.

"We will not tolerate individuals who come to Hampshire or the Isle of Wight to deal drugs and exploit the vulnerability of drug users.”

Sentences for drugs offences

More people have been sentenced for drug offences following one of the biggest operations in Dorset in recent years. Dorset Police pro-actively targeted street level drug dealers in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth where there was a suspicion that drugs offences were being committed.

Carla Maidment, was handed a 16 months prison sentence for supplying controlled drugs. Credit: Dorset Police
David Bate, received a two year suspended sentence with supervision and drug rehabilitation requirement. Credit: Dorset Police
Justin Eugene Smith, received a two-months suspended sentence for possession of controlled drugs. Credit: Dorset Police
George Byworth, received five years and eight months in prison for supplying controlled drugs. Credit: Dorset Police
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