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Lorry driver guilty of delivering £10m of heroin to UK dealers

A Polish lorry driver responsible for smuggling almost 100 kilos of heroin into the UK has been jailed for 18 years, following a multi-agency operation led by the National Crime Agency.

Robert Miszkjiel, 50, was part of an organised crime group arrested in June 2015. Eleven people pleaded guilty and were jailed in 2016 for 146 years. Miszkjiel pleaded not guilty and was the only member of the group to face trial.

On 26 June 2015 officers from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (TITAN) observed the co-ordinated delivery and collection of large quantities of heroin from Miszkjiel’s lorry at Lymm motorway service station on the M6.

Erwin Hendriks, 46, who was running the criminal operation on the ground, received texts from a Dutch mobile phone confirming what type of vehicle each customer would arrive in and the number of colour-coded packages of heroin they were due to collect.

Hendriks would then direct customers round to the lorry park where Miszkjiel was waiting to offload their order.

Over the course of two hours, a number of vehicles arrived and packages were transferred from the lorry in suitcases and sports bags.

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