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Truckers jailed after Dover border officials find cocaine behind Sainsbury's bag in vehicle

By Paul Hooper

Border officials uncovered a stash of class A drugs worth £3.2m in a truck - hidden under a bag with the slogan: "I'm gorgeous!"

The hessian Sainsbury's bag promised: "I'm a RENEWABAG. I’m made from natural fibres so I’m great for the environment – and gorgeous with it!"

But when staff at Dover’s Eastern Docks moved it, they found it was concealing a secret compartment containing 27 kilos of cocaine.

Cocaine was found under the bag
Cocaine was found under the bag

Latvian truckers Stanislavs Urbonavics, 43, and pal Kristaps Zarins, 33, denied smuggling drugs, but were convicted by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court.

The court heard the pair were stopped by sharp-eyed officials at Dover in May 2016, who then X-rayed the giant truck and discovered the secret stash.

Urbonavics, who was the driver, and Zarins were jailed for 13 years and 11 years respectively.

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