France jails British cigarette smugglers

9th December 2003, Comments 0 comments

LE HAVRE, France, Dec 8 (AFP) - Four British men who tried to smuggle 6.4 tonnes of contraband cigarettes through France and Belgium into England were Monday each sentenced to four years in prison and a EUR 5,000 (USD 6,000) fine.

LE HAVRE, France, Dec 8 (AFP) - Four British men who tried to smuggle 6.4 tonnes of contraband cigarettes through France and Belgium into England were Monday each sentenced to four years in prison and a EUR 5,000 (USD 6,000) fine.

The men, aged from 34 to 50, were convicted of planning to get the haul, worth an estimated EUR 1 million, into Britain from Le Havre, western France, where it was delivered by ship from Cambodia on October 1.

One of the men was to drive a truck with the container to Belgium while the other three were to drive ahead in a car to ensure the road was clear, the state prosecutor, Renaud Gaudeul, said.

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