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Drug smugglers caught hiding cannabis in stacks of pizza cheese

Drug smugglers caught hiding cannabis in stacks of pizza cheese

A plan by two Dutch men to hide half a tonne of cannabis in piles of pizza cheese was foiled when they were caught at the UK border.

Henrik Ruben, 28, and Dominic Leeman, 30, attempted to smuggle drugs with a street value of £5m in two shipments of cheese, the National Crime Agency said.

The pair were caught when the packages were intercepted at Dover Docks by Border Force in 2016.

Ruben, of Dieren, was jailed for six years at Maidstone crown court on Thursday after a jury convicted him of conspiring to import drugs.

Leeman, of Arnhem, was found guilty of the same charge and sentenced to five-and-a-half years.

They were part of a wider organised crime group and operated two units on Slough Trading Estate, where the cannabis was to be unpacked.

The cheese was then to be repackaged and shipped back to the Netherlands to be used again.