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29 March 2011, 18:05 | Updated: 29 March 2011, 18:10
A man from Corringham has been jailed for more than 9 years after trying to import Class A drugs worth £2.5 million.
Kenneth Vaughan was stopped by border officials at the Channel Tunnel entrance in Coquelles, France on 18th December 2010.
They found found heroin and cocaine in the roof lining of the vehicle he was travelling in.
The 64-year-old from Bellmaine Avenue pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court.
Malcolm Bragg, from the UK Border Agency, said: "This sentence sends a clear message to people considering smuggling drugs that you will have your freedom taken away from you for a long time.
"Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drugs smuggling should call 0800 59 5000".