A truck driver who stashed 63 kilos of cocaine in a legitimate load of electronic devices has been jailed following an investigation by the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Elroy Patrick Spek, 50, from the Netherlands, was driving a HGV from the Netherlands to the UK on June 17 last year when he was stopped at the UK border in Coquelles, France.
The trailer was searched by Border Force officers and it was discovered that three cardboard boxes had been secured to the top of the legitimate load with plastic wrap.
The charge inside the boxes was tested and found to contain cocaine, with National Crime Agency officers believing the amount to be worth £5million at street level.
Spek denied one count of attempted cocaine smuggling, but was found guilty by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court earlier this month.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the same court today.
NCA Branch Commander Mark Howes said: ‘Spek acted as the courier for these drugs and their loss will be a blow to the organized crime group behind the shipment.
“This cocaine is believed to have fueled exploitation and violence in the UK and we will continue to work with partners to tackle Class A drug trafficking.”