- Ibrahim Erkal, 34, claimed he had been in Paris for a two-day 'sightseeing trip'
- Border Force stopped his Mercedes and found an illegal immigrant in the boot
- Erkal was arrested and charged and the Iraqi man was given to French police
- He was found guilty at Canterbury Crown Court and was jailed for 15 months
Ibrahim Erkal, 34, from Swindon in Wiltshire, claimed he had been in Paris for a two-day 'sightseeing trip'
A people smuggler has been jailed after he was caught trying to sneak an Iraqi man through the Channel Tunnel in his boot.
Ibrahim Erkal, 34, from Swindon in Wiltshire, claimed he had been in Paris for a two-day 'sightseeing trip' when suspicious Border Force officers stopped his Mercedes.
The officers searched his vehicle and found the illegal immigrant hidden under sheets of cardboard in the boot.
An investigation found that Erkal had been contacting the illegal immigrant using his mobile phone.
He was arrested and charged with assisting unlawful entry to Britain and the Iraqi man was passed on to French police.
Erkal appeared at Canterbury Corwn Court in Kent on Tuesday, where he was found guilty and sentence to 15 months in prison.
Assistant Director David Fairclough, from the Immigration Enforcement Criminal Investigations team, said: 'This was an unsophisticated attempt to breach the UK's immigration controls and one that, the court found, was motivated by money.
'The sentence handed out yesterday should serve as a warning to anyone tempted to get involved in the vile trade of people smuggling.
'We will catch you, and put you before the courts.
'We will continue to work closely with Border Force colleagues to rigorously investigate allegations of immigration related criminality.'