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Jail for trucker who had heroin in spare wheel: A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after an investigation by the National Crime Agency into a seizure of heroin worth around £3 million.

Lukasz Wojciech Mietelsk (below right)i, aged 35 and from Krasocin in Poland, was driving a freight vehicle from Poland to London when the vehicle was stopped and searched by Border Force officers in Dover on 2 November 2016.

As they searched the vehicle’s trailer, officers discovered a spare wheel, which had packages concealed inside containing a brown powder.

When tested, the powder was found to be heroin. 30 packages were seized, each containing around a kilo of heroin.

Mietelski and his co-driver Sylwester Grzegorz Kusmierczyk, aged 43, were arrested and subsequently charged. Both pleaded not guilty at court.

NCA investigators used tachograph data to show that the vehicle stopped in Breda, in the Netherlands, the same place Mietelski had admitted the spare wheel containing the drugs had been put on.

On Monday 19 March, after a five day trial at Canterbury Crown Court Mietelski was found guilty of the importation of controlled drugs and jailed for 14 years. Read more

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Jail for trucker who had heroin in spare wheel: A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after an investigation by the National Crime Agency into a seizure of heroin worth around £3 million.

Jail for trucker who had heroin in spare wheel: A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after an investigation by the National Crime Agency into a seizure of heroin worth around £3 million.

Jail for trucker who had heroin in spare wheel: A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after an investigation by the National Crime Agency into a seizure of heroin worth around £3 million.

Jail for trucker who had heroin in spare wheel: A man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison after an investigation by the National Crime Agency into a seizure of heroin worth around £3 million.