Croatian lorry driver, 53, who tried to smuggle £1.6million worth of cocaine into UK is jailed for six years
- Pedrag Gogic, 53, was stopped by Border Force officers in Dover in May
- Officers scanned his truck and noticed an anomaly in the load in his trailer
- A search of the truck recovered 20kg of cocaine hidden within reels of paper
- Gogic admitted attempting to smuggle the drugs at Canterbury Crown Court
Predrag Gogic, 53, admitted attempting to smuggle £1.6 million of cocaine into the UK He was stopped driving a truck carrying the drugs in Dover in May
A lorry driver arrested trying to smuggle £1.6 million worth of cocaine into Britain has been jailed for six years.
Predrag Gogic, 53, was stopped by Border Force officers at Dover’s Eastern Docks in May.
After scanning his HGV, which had arrived from Belgium, the officers detected an anomaly in the load.
On further inspection of the trailer, they discovered 20 kilos of cocaine wrapped in blue and green shrink-wrapped packages, hidden in the centre of reels of paper cord.
An investigation was launched into the drugs found in the lorry. During an interview with National Crime Agency (NCA) officers, Gogic admitted knowledge of the drugs in his trailer and stated he was being paid to smuggle the drugs into the UK.
Gogic, of Vukovar in Croatia, went on to tell officers that the cocaine was destined for Leicester, where he was due to receive a payment of 10,000 euros.
NCA forensic experts believe that the Class A drugs would have been worth an estimated £1.6 million once cut and sold on the streets.
Gogic appeared at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to attempting to import Class A drugs and was sentenced to six years in prison.
Mark Howes, of the NCA, said: ‘Gogic was in the pay of organised crime groups, seeking his share of criminal profit by transporting cocaine across borders.
‘Individuals like him fail to consider the impact that illegal drug supply has on communities. Cocaine remains a driver of violence and exploitation among vulnerable people.
‘Instead of receiving a €10,000 pay-out, he’ll be spending six years behind bars.
‘The NCA is committed to tackling the Class A drugs threat and protecting the public.
‘Working with key partners, such as Border Force, we will continue to disrupt drug networks at every stage of the trafficking process.’
The drugs were hidden inside reels of paper cord shrink wrapped in blue and green packaging
Customs officials in Dover spotted an anomaly when they scanned the truck
A search of the truck found the drugs well-hidden inside the legitimate load
The National Crime Agency confirmed the drugs could have had a street value of £1.6 million