Lorry driver caught with £1m worth of cocaine

A lorry driver has been jailed for nine years after attempting to smuggle £1 million worth of cocaine into Dover.[1]

Robertas Trimailovas, from Lithuania, was stopped at the town’s docks last month and Border Force officers searched his cab.

Robertas Trimailovas is now behind bars

Robertas Trimailovas is now behind bars

Robertas Trimailovas is now behind bars

They found 24kg cocaine hidden in three separate spaces in the lining surrounding the driver’s bunk bed.

The 46-year-old was interviewed by the National Crime Agency and subsequently charged with importing a class A drug.

He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday, and was today sentenced to nine years behind bars.

NCA Dover branch commander Martin Grace said: “Drug runners like Trimailovas should be in no doubt about our determination to catch them and bring them to justice.

“Class A drugs bring violence and exploitation to our communities, and working with partners like Border Force we are committed to disrupting the organised crime groups involved.”

The 24kg of drugs found in the lorry cab

The 24kg of drugs found in the lorry cab

The 24kg of drugs found in the lorry cab

NCA says the drugs would have sold for about £1 million on UK streets.

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Road closed after HGV flips over at roundabout

A road has been closed in Knowsley after a HGV tipped over at a roundabout.

Police were called out to School Lane in Knowsley[1] at around 2pm today (Friday) following reports of an accident involving a HGV.

School Lane was closed while police made the scene safe.

Photographs posted online showed a large HGV laying on its side in the road , blocking the roundabout near Kitling Road.

Nobody was injured, police[2] have said.

The roads policing unit posted a statement which read: “Thankfully no injuries here after this HGV failed to negotiate a roundabout in Knowsley industrial estate. Closure in place on School Lane please avoid whilst we recover the vehicle.”

A road has been closed in Knowsley after a HGV tipped over at a roundabout. 
A road has been closed in Knowsley after a HGV tipped over at a roundabout. 

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£8.5m of cocaine found in lorry at Harwich Port

A lorry driver has been arrested

Author: Dan GoodingPublished 1 hour ago

Cocaine worth £8.5 million has been found in a lorry at Harwich Port.

A lorry driver from Poland has been charged after 107 kilos of the drug were found in a trailer earlier this week.

Lucas Wesolowski, who’s 28, will appear in court next month.

He was arrested after the class A drugs were found in the trailer of an HGV which had arrived on a ferry from the Hook of Holland on Wednesday (12 May).

The NCA began an investigation after border officers found the cocaine in taped packages, which had been placed in sacks on top of a load of washing machines and tumble dryers.

After being questioned Wesolowski was charged with attempting to import a class A drug, and following an appearance at Colchester Magistrates on Thursday (13 May) he was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Ipswich Crown Court on 10 June.

NCA branch commander Lydia Bloomfield said:

“This was a large amount of cocaine, which would have been worth around £8.5 million if cut and sold on the streets of the UK.

“Losing it will be a big blow for the criminal network likely to be behind this attempted importation – profits which they will not be able to invest in other criminality.

“Working with law enforcement partners like Border Force, we are determined to disrupt the organised crime groups involved in drug supply and protect the public.”

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