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Corrupt truckers got 31 years in jail for attempting to bring cocaine and heroin into UK

Christian Fernsby |
Two corrupt lorry drivers have been jailed for a combined 31 years after being found guilty of trying to smuggle class A drugs into the UK.

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The National Crime Agency began an investigation into Slovenian national Adam Grzelj, 52, in April 2020 after his lorry was intercepted at Dover.

The packages of drugs were found concealed in pallets beneath boxes of frozen pizza.

Border Force officers recovered 81 kilos of cocaine and three kilos of heroin, which would have had a street level value of £6.7 million.

NCA investigators brought the case to court and at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 26 February he was found guilty of importing class A drugs. He was jailed for 15 years.

The second driver Kiril Petkov Hubavenski, a 34-year-old from Vidrare in Bulgaria, was detained at Dover on 20 June last year.

Officers found 11 kilos heroin and 26 kilos cocaine hidden beneath the mattresses of the bunks in his cab. NCA forensic experts valued the haul at £3.2 million.

Hubavenski, who had recently been released from prison in Bulgaria after being convicted of unlawful killing in 2014, was found guilty of drug smuggling1 March and was jailed for 16 years.

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