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A MAN who smuggled 26 kilos of cannabis through Birmingham International Airport (BIA) has been given a 32 month prison sentence.

A MAN who smuggled 26 kilos of cannabis through Birmingham International Airport (BIA) has been given a 32 month prison sentence.

Daniel Hughes, 49, was arrested by the UK Border Agency after the drugs - which had a street value of £70,000 - were found hidden in his luggage.

Hughes, from Cape Town, had arrived at the airport earlier this year on a flight from South Africa.

Once officers had discovered the marijuana, the case was passed to HM Revenue & Customs.

John Theobald, senior investigating officer from the Government agency, said: "This detection, seizure and successful prosecution reflects the strenuous and committed efforts of dedicated teams of officers.

"We aim to protect society from drug smuggling wherever we detect it, at the borders or inland, and will not hesitate to bring individuals before the courts. We hope this sends out a clear message that our approach is one of zero tolerance."

Having pleaded guilty to attempting to import the drug, Hughes was sentenced at Warwick Crown Court last Thursday (September 18).

Anyone with information relating to smuggled goods should call the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000 or e-mail customs.hotline@ hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

 

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