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Lorry driver jailed for nine years after jury convict him in 20 minutes: A truck driver who claimed the 8kg of cocaine found in his lorry was tobacco has been jailed for nine years. It took the jury just 20 minutes at Canterbury Crown Court to convict 52 year-old Lithuanian Vaidotas Tuoma of drug smuggling yesterday (31st July).

NCA investigators said the Class A drugs have a street value of around £653,000. On 5 February this year, officers from Border Force stopped Tuoma’s vehicle at the UK bound freight lanes of Channel Tunnel at Coquelles. Tuoma’s paperwork stated he was transporting sushi, bratwurst and chocolate from Germany to Telford, Shropshire.

He told officers that he was present when the lorry was being loaded but had taken a nine hour break in Holland. He also told them he had a sleeve of 200 cigarettes. A search of the driver’s cab revealed three more sleeves of cigarettes – 800 in total.

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Lorry driver jailed for nine years after jury convict him in 20 minutes: A truck driver who claimed the 8kg of cocaine found in his lorry was tobacco has been jailed for nine years. It took the jury just 20 minutes at Canterbury Crown Court to convict 52 year-old Lithuanian Vaidotas Tuoma of drug smuggling yesterday (31st July).NCA investigators said the Class A drugs have a street value of around £653,000. On 5 February this year, officers from Border Force stopped Tuoma’s vehicle at the UK bound freight lanes of Channel Tunnel at Coquelles. Tuoma’s paperwork stated he was transporting sushi, bratwurst and chocolate from Germany to Telford, Shropshire.He told officers that he was present when the lorry was being loaded but had taken a nine hour break in Holland. He also told them he had a sleeve of 200 cigarettes. A search of the driver’s cab revealed three more sleeves of cigarettes – 800 in total.