A van driver has been jailed after trying to smuggle a large amount of cocaine into the UK hidden in his sofa delivery truck.
A total of 5 packages were concealed in the van, both in the air conditioning system and in the backs of the seats.
Gitanas Eitmanavicius, 48, from Kaunas in Lithuania, started off by claiming that he had met someone at a Dutch service sation who asked him to delivery the packages which he said contained food and tobacco.
However, his story changed later and he admitted that he knew all along they were cocaine.
He pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle a class A drug into the UK.
His van was stopped by officers from the National Crime Agency and searched at the port of Dover in September where they discovered the hidden packages.
Martin Grace, NCA Dover Branch Commander, said “The class A drugs trade is almost always linked to serious and organised crime, with people and communities feeling the true cost. This seizure stopped a considerable amount of cocaine from reaching users in the UK and causing harm, and the man who tried to bring it in is now behind bars. Working with partners like Border Force we are determined to do all we can to disrupt the organised crime networks who profit from this business.”
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