Smugglers fail to cut sentence
A GANG of smugglers who brought vast amounts of drugs into the UK from the continent hidden in trucks have failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear their names.
Customs officers at Dover twice found stashes of class A drugs secreted inside the engine compartment of lorries.
Investigations revealed documents had been forged and money paid into the drivers’ bank accounts to give the impression they were making legitimate business trips.
Dean Lennox, 45, of Northbank Gardens, Burnage, and Carl Christopher Hogg, 51, of no fixed address – who were involved in planning and organising both trips – were jailed for 21 years each at Canterbury Crown Court in April last year.
Ian James Bayliss, 55, of Viceroy Court, Lord Street, Southport, was one of the lorry drivers and was locked up for nine years after being found guilty of conspiring to import heroin. All three challenged their convictions.