Ex-England cricketer jailed for drug smuggling

May 20th, 2009 - 10:00 pm ICT by IANS  

London, May 20 (IANS) Former England Test cricketer Chris Lewis was Wednesday jailed for 13 years for smuggling more than 140,000 pounds worth of cocaine into Britain.
The fast bowler was caught at Gatwick airport December 2008, hiding the drug in liquid form in five tins of fruit and vegetable juice inside his cricket bag.

His co-accused, Chad Kirnon, found with three tins of dissolved cocaine in his luggage, was also sentenced to 13 years in prison at Croydon Crown Court.

The two men were returning from the Caribbean island of St. Lucia.

Lewis played 32 Tests and 53 ODIs for England between 1990 and 1998.

He also played county cricket for Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Surrey.

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