Lorry driver jailed over £1.5m money laundering load

A Polish lorry driver who was caught at the Port of Dover with £1.5m in cash hidden in his trailer, has been jailed on money laundering charges after an investigation by HMRC

Tomasz Nowak, from Rogozno, Poland, was stopped by Border Force officers as he queued to board a ferry on 23 March 2018. Officers searched the lorry and found a damaged red Fiat Brava car inside the trailer, which Nowak claimed he had forgotten was on board.

A trained detector dog sniffed out the cash, concealed in bags in the boot of the car, bound in brown tape and covered up by wheel trims and car mats. Cash was also found in bags hidden within a 3.5 ton lathe, a piece of machinery.

The cash was seized, Nowak was arrested and the case was referred to HMRC for investigation. He told officers he was expecting to receive €500 (£441) for moving the cash out of the country.

Nowak pleaded guilty to concealing criminal property at Canterbury Crown Court and was sentenced to three years and nine months in jail.

HMRC has seized the cash and is applying to the courts for a forfeiture order.

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