A DRUG smuggler jailed for 12 years for his part in a plot to sneak £200,000 worth of heroin through the Channel Tunnel failed to convince top judges he is innocent.
Michael McCarthy, of Kestrel Park, Skelmersdale, was arrested after Steven Fitzsimmons, of Poverty Lane, Maghull, was stopped in February 2010 at the Channel Tunnel entrance in Coquelles, France. The Renault Scenic Fitzsimmons was driving had 5.89kg of heroin hidden in a compartment under the driver’s seat and further investigations linked the smuggling to McCarthy.
The 47-year-old was jailed in October 2011.
The Criminal Appeal Court heard a new statement by Fitzsimmons, 49, exonerated McCarthy.
But Lord Justice Toulson dismissed the appeal saying the court was unlikely to accept fresh evidence intended to absolve McCarthy from his own partner in crime.