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A man from Basildon has have been jailed for 10 years years for trying to smuggle £230,000 worth of opium into the country.
36 year old Mohamoud Naseri from Clayburn Circle and another man were arrested in Dover last May when Border Force officer found 11.6 kilos of the substance in the fuel tank of a car in plastic bottles wrapped up in silver foil.
After a trial at Canterbury Crown Court both men were found guilty by a jury on 16 November 2012 and were sentenced there yesterday (Friday June 7th).
Malcolm Bragg from Border Force said: "Drug smuggling is a vile business that exploits the misery of others for profit.
"The sentences handed down today should act as a warning to those who attempt to smuggle illegal drugs into this country.
"The message is clear - if you are involved in drug smuggling we will catch you and you will go to jail for a long time."
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling should call 0800 59 5000 or use http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/aboutus/contact/report-crime/