A NORTHWICH man and his accomplice who attempted to smuggle 13.8 kgs of heroin into the UK have been jailed for a total of 32 years.
The class A drug had an estimated street value of £1.7m.
Stephen Geoffrey Stockall, 47, of Marford Close, and Ronnie James Rothenburg, 27, a UK national living in Spain, were each jailed for 16 years at Southampton Crown Court for attempting to smuggle heroin through Newhaven ferryport in June, 2006.
Peter Avery, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) criminal investigation assistant director said: “We have prevented a very large quantity of heroin from reaching the streets of the UK.
“The sentences will act as a deterrent to those involved in drug trafficking.”
The court heard that on June 22, 2006, Customs officers stopped a lorry driven by Rothenburg as it arrived on a ferry from Dieppe.
Stockall owned the company which provided the vehicle.
The heroin was found hidden in a loudspeaker housing.
Judge Hope said: “Stockall provided the lorry and the route, Rothenburg the driving; couriers without whom the operation could not have been carried out. Heroin damage to lives can be horrific. These are very serious offences.”