France jails two Britons for heroin trafficking

22nd April 2004, Comments 0 comments

LILLE, France, April 21 (AFP) - A French court on Wednesday sentenced two British men to six years in prison for trafficking heroin.

LILLE, France, April 21 (AFP) - A French court on Wednesday sentenced two British men to six years in prison for trafficking heroin.

Benjamin Allinson, 26, and Brandon Clarke, 34, who are both from the London area, were also banned from ever returning to France.

They were arrested on a train travelling from the Belgian city of Antwerp to Lille in the north of France in December 2003.

At the time they were asleep. Nine kilogrammes (20 pounds) of heroin had been found in their bags.

Their lawyers insisted their fingerprints were never found on the packets of the drug.

The two men have always denied having acquired the heroin, claiming it was put in their luggage by somebody else.

They said they were going to Belgium and the Netherlands for pleasure and had decided to make a detour to Lille.


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