German lorry driver jailed over £1.5m Hull drugs haul

A German lorry driver has been jailed after he attempted to smuggle skunk cannabis with an estimated street value of £1.5m through the port of Hull.

Dominic Bilgin, 35, was stopped by Border Force officers as he drove his lorry off the Rotterdam ferry on 27 September last year.

He was sentenced to three years and four months at Hull Crown Court.

The court heard 11 stone (72kg) of cannabis was found in six large black holdalls at the back of the trailer.

The driver, from Osnabruck, Germany, said he was delivering empty pallets to an address in Manchester.

Doubts over his paperwork and the answers to questions had prompted officers to conduct a search and uncover the drugs, the Home Office said.

Bilgin subsequently pleaded guilty to being knowingly concerned with importing the drugs.

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