This court sketch made on December 21, 2018 shows defendant Briton Robert Dawes (L) and co-accused Nathan Wheat (R) at Paris courthouse on December 21, 2018, on the last day of a of a two-week trial for drug trafficking. (AFP/Benoit PEYRUCQ)
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A Briton accused of being one of Europe's biggest drug traffickers was jailed for 22 years Friday for smuggling over a ton of cocaine into France in suitcases stashed on an Air France flight.The court said Robert Dawes, 46, would have to serve at least 15 years with no possibility of parole over the brazen 2013 drugs shipment from Venezuela to Paris.Dawes, who had denied the charges, was arrested at his luxury villa on the Spanish Costa del Sol in 2015 following a lengthy investigation by authorities in Britain, France, Spain and South America.The case was tried by five judges who ordered Dawes and four accomplices – three Italians and one Briton – to pay a 30-million-euro ($34.2 million) fine.
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