Smug­glers fail to cut sen­tence

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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.

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