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Man Jailed for Southampton Airport Smuggling Attempt

A 44-year-old man has been jailed for 12 months after being found guilty of attempting to smuggle approximately five kilos of cannabis into the UK.

cannabisThe drugs had an estimated street value of £60,000.

Southampton Crown Court heard that on 6 May 2013 Border Force officers at Southampton International Airport stopped Nicholas GILES who had arrived on a flight from Malaga.

Before officers searched his baggage Giles admitted to having five kilos of “weed” in his suitcase.  The case was opened and the drugs could be seen wrapped in clear plastic.

Giles was arrested and charged and he pleaded guilty at Southampton Magistrates Court on 12 August and was sentenced in the Crown Court today.

Malcolm Bragg, from Border Force 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.”

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the hotline on 0800 59 5000.

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Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for protecting the UK border. Border Force was created on 1 March 2012. Border Force is responsible for entry controls and customs functions at the border, including our juxtaposed controls in France and Belgium, covering responsibilities including immigration and security checks, prevention of people trafficking, anti-smuggling of banned and restricted goods including drugs and weapons and protection of border revenue. Criminal investigations launched as a result of Border Force seizures are undertaken by officers who will form part of the new National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command. The NCA will be fully operational by the end of 2013 and will lead the UK’s response to organised crime, including child exploitation, drug and people smuggling, illegal immigration and fraud and cyber crime. For more Border Force news and further information about what we do visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/border-force

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