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Caught napping Polish lorry driver busted with cocaine worth £4m stashed in his bed is jailed

Niewiadomski claimed he had left the lorry unlocked while travelling by ferry from the Netherlands

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Karol Niewiadomski (30) claimed he did not know the drugs were on the vehicle when it was searched as it arrived in Dover on January 7 of this year. (PHOTO: NCA)

Karol Niewiadomski (30) claimed he did not know the drugs were on the vehicle when it was searched as it arrived in Dover on January 7 of this year. (PHOTO: NCA)

Karol Niewiadomski (30) claimed he did not know the drugs were on the vehicle when it was searched as it arrived in Dover on January 7 of this year. (PHOTO: NCA)

A Polish lorry driver who tried to smuggle 50kg of cocaine worth £4m (4.69 million euro) by hiding it in the bed of his vehicle has been jailed for 14 and a half years.

Karol Niewiadomski (30) claimed he did not know the drugs were on the vehicle when it was searched as it arrived in Dover on January 7 of this year.

Border Force officers found 50 kilos of cocaine in cardboard boxes within the sleeping area of Niewiadomski’s cab.

A quantity of amphetamine was also found within a first aid box.

National Crime Agency officers estimated the cocaine would have been worth up to £4m at street level due to its high purity.

Niewiadomski claimed he had left the lorry, which was meant to contain vintage clothing destined for a business park in Nottingham, unlocked while travelling by ferry from the Netherlands.

He denied a charge of importation of cocaine and importation of amphetamine, but was sentenced to 14-and-a-half years in prison after being convicted at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday (September 10).

NCA Branch Commander Mark Howes said that if Niewiadomski had been successful, the £4m worth of cocaine onto the streets of the UK would have caused misery in communities.

“Drug smugglers like Niewiadomski aid organised crime groups, with the profits from these drugs going on to fuel further criminality,” he said.

“We will continue to work closely with our partners to disrupt the supply of drugs and bring those responsible to justice.”

David Smith, Director, Border Force South East, added: “This seizure is an excellent example of the crucial work Border Force does every day to prevent illegal drugs entering the UK.

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“I am delighted with the efforts of our officers at Dover as preventing the supply of drugs is a vital step in disrupting organised criminal gangs.”

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