Driver given “deterrent” sentence of 11 years for smuggling cocaine worth £1m


An HGV driver and convicted people smuggler has been jailed for 11 years after attempting to bring into the UK high purity cocaine worth GBP1m. It took a jury at Canterbury Crown Court just two hours to find Ukrainian national Serhii Tukalo, 39, guilty of drug smuggling after Border Force stopped his truck in Dover in May. An X-ray of the vehicle revealed anomalies in the load of air compressors and pressure washers from factories in Northern Italy.

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