Truck driver is jailed for 11 years after being caught with £7.5million of cocaine stashed in pallet of packing containers that he tried to smuggle into the UK
- Miodrag Ivankovic, 45, was caught at Dover, in Kent, in September final 12 months
- He had tried to cover 207lb (94kg) of the Class A drug in pallet of packing containers
- Nationwide Crime Company officers lower into packing containers and a white powder spilled out
Miodrag Ivankovic, 45, tried to smuggle £7.5million value of cocaine into the UK
A truck driver who tried to smuggle £7.5million value of cocaine into the UK has been jailed for 11 years.
Miodrag Ivankovic, 45, was caught on the port of Dover, in Kent, in September final 12 months after arriving from Calais.
He had tried to cover 207lb (94kg) of the Class A drug inside a pallet of packing containers in his automobile.
Nevertheless, when officers from the Nationwide Crime Company searched his truck and lower into the packing containers, a white powder spilled out which was confirmed to be cocaine.
Ivankovic’s DNA was on the packing containers containing the drug and he admitted attempting to smuggle it into the nation.
The motive force, from Banja Luka, in north Bosnia, was jailed at Canterbury Crown Courtroom yesterday.
NCA department commander Martin Grace mentioned: ‘We and our Border Pressure companions have taken a big consignment of cocaine out of the provision chain.
‘The organised crime group behind the plot have misplaced income they’d have ploughed again into extra offending and so they have misplaced a trusted smuggler.
Ivankovic had tried to cover 207lb (94kg) of the Class A drug inside a pallet of packing containers in his automobile. Above: The haul discovered by officers
‘Medication carry distress to UK communities and the NCA will proceed to do every little thing it may well to fight the risk.’
It comes after German trucker Kawus Rafiei, 57, was jailed for 19 years in March after he tried to smuggle half a tonne of cocaine value £38million into the UK through Dover.
The drug was discovered hidden inside stacks of tyres in his lorry.
Border Pressure officers had scanned Rafiei’s lorry and ‘detected an anomaly within the load’, the Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) mentioned.
Two shrink-wrapped stacks of tyres inside the trailer unit have been opened, revealing packages of cocaine weighing 1,036 kilos (470 kilos).
And, the identical month Ivankovic’s crime was found, round a tonne of cocaine was discovered hid inside shipments of fruit, additionally at Dover.
The medicine, which had a road worth of roughly £100 million, was found in pallets which had arrived on a vessel from South America.
The ‘big seizure’ will now take away a ‘priceless commodity that will have been offered to fund additional severe and organised criminality’, the Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) mentioned.