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Spanish driver jailed over £5m Channel Tunnel drugs haul

Drugs worth an estimated £5.6m were found in the lorry in France Image copyright UK Border Force
Image caption Drugs worth an estimated £5.6m were found in the lorry in France

A Spanish lorry driver has been given a five-year prison sentence after trying to smuggle two tonnes of cannabis into the UK through the Channel Tunnel.

Francisco Javier Santiago Solera, 49, was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court after his Spanish-registered lorry was stopped at Coquelles in France.

UK Border Force officers found drugs with an estimated street value of £5.6m in hessian sacks, dipped in wax.

The drugs had been placed in shrink-wrapped boxes underneath furniture.

The stash of cannabis was found on 5 June at the UK freight controls at the Channel Tunnel by UK Border Force officers.

Santiago Solera, from Madrid, was found guilty by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday and sentenced earlier.

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