Long sentences for Dutch truckers convicted of drug smuggling

Two Dutch truck drivers have been jailed for 22 and 18 years for their role in smuggling £40million of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, into Britain.

Patrick Lourenz, 48, and Marcus Luijten, 46 were jailed for 22 and 18 years respectively by a court in Ipswich. A third man, thought to be Belgian, was jailed for 23 years.

According to local British media, the drugs were smuggled into the country over a seven month period and were hidden in consignments of Christmas decorations, medical chairs, polystyrene, waffles and plaster.

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