Man guilty after drugs worth millions found in toy delivery at Dover

Wisniewski appeared before Margate Magistrates Court on 30 May Credit: National Crime Agency

A man who tried to smuggle cocaine worth over £8 million into the UK in a van delivering toy bricks has pleaded guilty.

Marek Wisniewski, 45, from Bytom, Poland, admitted to attempting to import 80 kilos of Class A drugs through Dover's Eastern Docks on 29 May.

Marek Wisniewski Credit: National Crime Agency

Border Force officers searched his vehicle they found blocks of cocaine stuffed in holdall bags.

The drugs had a potential street value of an estimated £8.1 million.

The bags were hidden behind pallets, amongst boxes of toy bricks that were destined for a company address in Cambridgeshire.

The bags were hidden behind pallets, amongst boxes of toy bricks Credit: National Crime Agency

He had started his journey from Poland and told officers that he didn’t know how the drugs had got there.

He is due to be sentenced on 9 July.

Serious and organised crime networks rely on people like Wisniewski to carry out the leg work and now he’ll have to face the consequences. The profit that can be made from drugs mean criminals will try almost anything to smuggle their product into the country and evade detection.

NCA Dover Branch Commander Martin Grace