Two men who tried to smuggle an illegal migrant into the UK behind boxes of wine and beer have been jailed.
Jason Lee Palmer, 41, and Richard Giles, 39, were pulled over just before the entrance to the Channel Tunnel in France on May 20 last year.
The Cardiff pair claimed they had been to France to buy wine, beer and cigarettes.
But when officers searched the vehicle, they found a Vietnamese migrant hidden among boxes in the boot of their Vauxhall Mokka.
He was passed onto the French authorities as soon as he was discovered.
A statement issued by the Home Office said the pair were found guilty of assisting unlawful immigration into the UK at Canterbury Crown Court on February 8.
After his arrest, Palmer, of New Road, Rumney, Cardiff, claimed he was travelling to Calais to buy alcohol for a family party.
He said he had locked the vehicle each time he left it so could not explain how the migrant got in.
Palmer was sentenced to three years and five months in prison for people smuggling and possessing a knife.
Giles, of Pittsfield Place, Cardiff, was sentenced to two years and six months in prison.
A forensic examination of his mobile phone showed text messages sent to and from an unknown third party detailing the car’s make, colour and registration number.
Assistant director of Immigration Enforcement Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) David Fairclough said: ‘I hope their convictions send a clear message to anyone tempted to get involved with this kind of criminality – you will be caught and brought before the courts.’