Drugs Heading To Cambs Found
3 February 2011, 12:13
Two Hungarian lorry drivers have been jailed after being found guilty of transporting drugs bound for Cambridgeshire.
132 kilos of amphetamine, with an estimated street value of £1.3 million [pictured - right] was discovered at the Port of Ramsgate in Kent on September 26th last year.
It was being transported in a lorry driven by 45 year old Sandor Szabo and 36 year old Csaba Hollo.
After questioning the pair, officers searched the Hungarian-registered lorry and found the white powdered substance hidden in ten unmarked boxes.
According to the UK Border Agency, Szabo was unable to satisfactorily explain to the court why his mobile phone contained a sent message referring to a "bag full of money".
The men were trying to bring the Class B drug into the UK under the cover of a legitimate load of roller shelf units destined for Cambridge University Library and paper for a company in Sawston.
After a trial, both men were found guilty of "being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of the prohibition of controlled drugs" and sentenced to a total of six years each in prison.
Malcolm Bragg, Assistant Director of Criminal and Financial Investigations for the UK Border Agency, said: "The UK Border Agency is at the forefront in the fight to prevent illegal drugs entering the UK and in protecting our communities from the violence and corruption that accompanies this hideous trade.
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drugs smuggling should call our Hotline on 0800 59 5000."