Saturday, April 14, 2012

Cocaine worth £500k seized at Gatwick Airport

A woman carrying 12 kilos of cocaine worth almost £500,000 has been arrested at Gatwick Airport.

UK Border Force officers stopped her when she arrived in the UK with her three children on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica on Friday morning.

A thorough search found she had hidden the Class A drug in a number of items in her luggage, including a cosmetic paste.

She was arrested, interviewed and subsequently charged with a drugs importation offence, a spokesman for the UK Border Agency said.

The woman, who has not been named, is now in custody as she awaits her first court appearance.

Ingrid Smith, assistant director of the UK Border Agency at Gatwick Airport, said: 'Our officers work 24/7 to keep drugs, smuggled goods and illegal immigrants out of the UK.'

She added that her staff were doing everything they could to disrupt the drugs trade as it can have 'a devastating impact on communities across the country'.

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