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A driver and his employer together sentenced to a total of 37 years in prison for smuggling drugs into UK in oil drums

Date: (7 May 2012)    |    

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A haulage firm boss Dean Castle and employee Carl Haynes were jailed for 20 and 17 years respectively for smuggling more than £5million worth of drugs into the UK in oil drums.
They were caught after customs officers in Dover found huge quantities of heroin, amphetamine and other drugs buried in sand in drums on the HGV.
Haynes, 42, was arrested after officers caught him transporting 26 kilos of heroin, 80 kilos of amphetamine, 147 kilos of cannabis, more than 40,000 tablets and 517 grams of Class A drug MDMA.
He claimed the 13 drums contained lubricant, which he was taking to a company in Maidstone.
Enquiries led Border Agency officers to Castle, 31, owner of the firm in question, Dean Castle Transport.
A raid at Castle’s home revealed evidence that the pair were smuggling ‘huge quantities’ of drugs over the border in HGVs since November 2009.
Haynes, of Margate, Kent, and Castle, of Dover, Kent, both denied five counts of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of the prohibition of controlled drugs, but were found guilty after a 13-day trial at Canterbury Crown Court.
Malcolm Bragg from Border Force said drug smuggling was a evil business that exploited the misery of others for an easy profit.