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Bad smell Italian lorry driver jailed after £2 million worth of drugs is found in his mattress

When he was quizzed by NCA officers Giovannetti claimed he believed the packages contained horse medication which he did not think was illegal

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Alessio Giovannetti

Alessio Giovannetti

Alessio Giovannetti

An Italian lorry driver who hid £2 million (2.3 million euro) of ketamine and mephedrone in his mattress as he attempted to smuggle the drugs into the UK has been jailed for five years and seven months. 

Alessio Giovannetti (36) was stopped at Dover on May 29 of this year by Border Force officers who found packages containing 70 kilos of ketamine and 20 kilos of mephedrone in voids hidden around the cab.

Further amounts discovered in Giovannetti’s mattress added to a total value of £2 million at street level, forensic experts with the National Crime Agency estimated.

When he was quizzed by NCA officers Giovannetti claimed he believed the packages contained horse medication which he did not think was illegal.

He said he placed the packages around his cab because they smelt so bad.

However, he was charged with two counts of attempting to import class B drugs and pleaded guilty at Canterbury Crown Court on August 19.

He was sentenced to five years and seven months' imprisonment.

NCA senior investigating officer Daren Nicholls said Alessio Giovannetti went to great efforts to hide these drugs around his cab, “claiming it was their bad smell that caused him to conceal his illegal haul”.

“Drug runners like Giovannetti should not doubt that we are determined to catch them and bring them to justice,” Nicholls said.

“These drugs would have caused serious harm if they had reached the streets of the UK and we will continue to work with our Border Force partners to ensure criminal activity like Giovannetti’s is disrupted.”

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