Trucker jailed over £7.5m cocaine plot

A truck driver who tried to smuggle almost 100kg of cocaine into the UK through the Port of Dover has been jailed. Miodrag Ivankovic was stopped by Border Force officers on September 6 at the freight controls in Dover after arriving by ferry from Calais.

The haul of cocaine was found at the Port of Dover. Picture: NCA The haul of cocaine was found at the Port of Dover. Picture: NCA

The officers, supporting a National Crime Agency investigation, searched the 45-year-old’s truck and cut into a suspicious pallet of boxes from which white powder spilled out. Inside the truck was a total of 94kg of cocaine with a street value of GBP7.5 million.

Ivankovic’s DNA was on the boxes containing the drugs and he admitted trying to smuggle the Class A.

The trucker, from Banja Luka in northern Bosnia, was jailed for 11 years at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday. NCA branch commander Martin Grace said: “We and our Border Force partners have taken a significant consignment of cocaine out of the supply chain.

Miodrag Ivankovic has been jailed after smuggling drugs through Dover. Picture: NCA Miodrag Ivankovic has been jailed after smuggling drugs through Dover. Picture: NCA

“The organised crime group behind the plot have lost profits they would have ploughed back into more offending and they have lost a trusted smuggler. “Drugs bring misery to UK communities and the NCA will continue to do everything it can to combat the threat.”

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