Two Spanish nationals who tried to smuggle £150,000 of cannabis into the UK in their suitcases have been jailed.
Leon Espada and Carlos Gonzalez-Cortes were arrested by the Border Force officials when they landed on the tarmac at Newcastle Airport on January 23.
Security guards had spotted something unusual when doing luggage security checks and decided to inspect further.
It was then that they uncovered a huge haul of cannabis that weighed 30 kilograms and had a street value of more than £150,000.
The drug smugglers were taken to Forth Banks police station where they were interviewed about the offences.
They admitted bringing the drugs into the country to sell on the streets of the North East.
Both pleaded guilty to a charge of importation of a Class B drug into the UK at magistrates court last month and now have been jailed for a total of 2 years and eight months.
At Newcastle Crown Court on Friday Leon Espada, 63, of Marbella, was jailed for 16 months and Carlos Gonzalez-Cortes, 46, of Malaga, was also jailed for 16 months.