Man jailed for smuggling ecstasy

A man has jailed for five years for attempting to smuggle ecstasy through Dover's Eastern Docks.

Drug sentence: Border Force statement

Malcolm Bragg, from Border Force, said:

“Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted will face prison sentences.

"The message to anyone tempted to get involved is clear. We will catch you and you will pay with your liberty.

“Border Force officers will continue to work diligently to keep our border secure and to make life as tough as possible for those who seek to profit from this evil trade.”

Home search found more drugs

A search of his home revealed quantities of MDMA, cannabis and amphetamine hidden in a safe.

The drugs seized at the port and those found at Decodts’s home had an estimated potential street value of over £150,000.

He pleaded guilty at Folkestone Magistrates Court on 10 January 2013.

He was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court.

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Man jailed for drug smuggling

A man has jailed for five years for attempting to smuggle ecstasy through Dover's Eastern Docks.

Fabien Decodts, aged, 38 from Tower Hamlets, London admitted attempting to smuggle approximately 14 kilos of the drug.

The court heard that Border Force officers at Dover’s Eastern Docks stopped a British–registered Mini driven by Decodts on 18 November 2012 after he arrived on a ferry from Calais.

After questioning Decodts officers searched the car and found eight packages hidden in the rear quarter panels.

Four of the packages contained green tablets and the other four a brown crystal substance both of which tested positive to a field test for MDMA.

Decodts was arrested and charged with the importation of the class A drug.