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Jailed for trying to smuggle £60k of drugs
A MAN has been jailed for trying to smuggle £60,000 worth of drugs into the UK.
Nicholas Giles faces a 12-month prison sentence after trying to get five kilos of cannabis through Southampton Airport.
The 44-year-old was stopped at the airport on May 6 by Border Force officers after he arrived on a flight from Malaga.
Giles confessed to officers that he was carrying the drugs in his suitcase before they searched his baggage, and on opening his suitcase the drugs were found wrapped in clear plastic.
After being arrested at the airport, Giles, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle the Class B drug into the country at Southampton Magistrates Court on August 12 and was sentenced at the city's crown court yesterday (Mon, Sep 2).
The Border Force's Malcolm Bragg said: "Our officers play an important role in protecting the public and work hard to make sure drugs are not smuggled into the country.
“Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted will face prison sentences. The message to anyone tempted to get involved is clear. We will catch you and you will pay with your liberty.”
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