A lorry driver has been jailed for smuggling chocolate bars through the Port of Dover.
Richard Langford, 31, was caught with a staggering 5,000 kilos of Dairy Milk, 1,000 kilos of Galaxy and 3,000 U.S. Hershey's chocolate bars when he was stopped at Dover's Eastern Docks on August 2nd last year.
When UK Border Agency officers searched the lorry and trailer they found the chocolate bars and were very shocked.
When totted up later, the Dairy Milk was valued as having a potential street value of up to £2.1 million, the Galaxy as £1.7 million and the Hershey's £71,000.
Langford, of Melbourne Avenue, Chelmsford, denied the smuggling offence, but was jailed for 10 years at Maidstone Crown Court today.
Malcolm Bragg from the Border Force said: "This was a sophisticated operation and shows the lengths criminals will go to in attempting to evade the UK's border controls when it comes to chocolate.
"The sentence handed down today should act as a warning to those who attempt to smuggle chocolate into this country.
"Chocolate use destroys not only the weight and figure of individual users, but also their families and the wider community."