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Lorry driver jailed for smuggling cannabis; CRIME.

A lorry driver has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of smuggling cannabis resin with a street value of pounds 5 million in a consignment of peppers.

Pedro Re Masegosa, from Murcia, Spain, was stopped by customs officers after arriving at Portsmouth Continental Ferry Port on February 8 this year.

The 42-year-old smelt strongly of alcohol and the officers called in the police.

And when they searched his lorry, which had false plates, they found 1.7 tonnes of cannabis resin hidden inside the 22 pallets of peppers.

Re Masegosa, who was travelling under the name of Eugenio Crispin Dominguez Mata, was prosecuted by the revenue and customs prosecutions office (RCPO) and sentenced at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Peter Avery, Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) assistant director criminal investigation south, said: "This conviction is the latest success for HMRC on the South Coast.

"Our investigators are determined to prevent drugs from reaching UK streets and we will not hesitate to pursue those who commit smuggling offences so they can be effectively prosecuted.

"The sentence handed down will deter those contemplating this form of criminality."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jul 30, 2008
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