A HAULIER found guilty of a £1.1m drug smuggling plot has been jailed for 11 years.
Customs officers stopped a lorry owned by Daljit Singh Jandu trying to enter the UK through Dover in February 2007.
Inside they found class A drugs including 43kg of amphetamine powder, 19kg of MDMA, and 3,000 tablets hidden in cardboard boxes and a laundry bag.
Jandu, 45, of Wesley Street, Belle Vue, was not the lorry driver, but a jury found him guilty of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of the prohibition of controlled drugs.
He was given an 11-year sentence at the Central Criminal Court in London on Monday after a retrial.
Malcolm Bragg, UK Border Agency’s criminal and financial investigation assistant director, said: “The sentence handed down should act as a warning to those who attempt to smuggle illegal drugs into this country.
“The seizure of these drugs reflects the robust controls we have in place at the UK border, backed by dedicated criminal investigation teams who are all vital in bringing these criminals to justice.
“Drug use destroys not only the lives of individual users, but also their families and the wider community.”
The drugs were picked up in the Netherlands and the lorry was stopped as it tried to enter Dover’s eastern docks on February 16, 2007.
Jandu was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling on February 26, 2007.
He was originally jailed for 18 years at Canterbury Crown Court in 2008.
Jandu won the right to challenge the conviction in London’s Appeal Court in June 2009.