Drug smuggler jailed

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A chauffeur has been jailed for eight years after being caught smuggling £300,000 of drugs into Britain hidden inside cans of beer, the UK Border Agency said.

Stephen Leon, 49, was stopped by border officials in his Lexus at the Channel Tunnel entrance in northern France in July last year.

He claimed he had been visiting the Continent to view churches before stopping off at Calais to buy some beer. But when officials opened one of the cans from his eight cases, they found it contained orange tablets, later found to be the Class A drug 2C-B.

The relatively-unknown drug weighed 33lb (15kg) and had an estimated street value of £300,000.

Leon, of Chislehurst, Kent, was jailed after being found guilty of drug smuggling by a jury at Canterbury Crown Court.