Drug courier jailed after trying to smuggle £7m worth of cannabis into UK

Some of the cannabis being smuggled into the UK by Angelo Javier Raaijmakers.

Some of the cannabis being smuggled into the UK by Angelo Javier Raaijmakers.

Thursday 27 August 2015

Angelo Javier Raaijmakers, 36, was stopped by Border Force officers on February 7, after the Dutch-registered lorry he was driving arrived in the North Shields port on a ferry from Ijmuiden, Holland.

Angelo Javier Raaijmakers.

Angelo Javier Raaijmakers.

When officers searched the trailer of the vehicle they discovered packages of the drug hidden inside pallets underneath layers of bark chippings.

 In total officers found 1.2 tonnes of cannabis with an estimated street value of between £6.5m and £7.5m.
 Raaijmakers, from s-Hertogenbosch, Holland, admitted the offence of attempting to import a Class B drug and was sentenced to five years and three months at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, August 27. More at Source