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Drug smuggler jailed

PUBLISHED: 22:13 19 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:57 03 March 2010

A LORRY driver has been jailed for eight years for attempting to smuggle £2 million of drugs into Felixstowe.

Emilius Van Hest, 32, of Holland, pleaded guilty to two counts of importing drugs on December 12 last year.

A LORRY driver has been jailed for eight years for attempting to smuggle £2 million of drugs into Felixstowe.

Emilius Van Hest, 32, of Holland, pleaded guilty to two counts of importing drugs on December 12 last year.

A total of 720 kilograms of cannabis and 500 grams of cocaine were found in his lorry.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that the drugs had a street value of more than £2 million.

Felixstowe customs officers seized nearly a kilo of cocaine and 760 kilos of cannabis in the early hours of the 12th December last year.

The drugs were found in the back of a lorry being driven by Van Hest, following the arrival

of the P&O ferry the Pride of Flanders from Rotterdam.

John Barber, regional spokesman for customs & excise said: "Class A drugs such as cocaine remain a top priority. In line with the UK Government's drugs strategy, Customs are working with our partners at home and abroad to reduce the availability of hard drugs like cocaine and heroin.

I hope the sentence meted out today acts as a deterrent for anyone contemplating

smuggling such drugs into our country."


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