Northern Ireland

Polish lorry driver smuggled cannabis in baby milk

UK Border Agency
Image caption The lorry driver was caught by UK Border Agency officers

A Polish lorry driver who lives in the Republic of Ireland has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for smuggling herbal cannabis in baby milk containers.

Lukasz Rogaczewski was found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court of bringing the drugs into Dover's port on 20 May 2011.

The 51kg of herbal cannabis had an estimated street value of £350,000.

It was hidden in vacuum sealed bags inside tins of powdered baby milk in the defendant's Mercedes Sprinter van.

Rogaczewski denied attempting to smuggle the drugs into the UK.

Malcolm Bragg, the UK Border Agency's criminal and financial assistant director, said: "This is a strong warning to anyone who believes drug smuggling is acceptable.

"Clearly, the view of the courts is that it is a very serious matter, and UK Border Agency officers will remain vigilant at all our ports and airports to prevent drugs reaching our streets."