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Cocaine seized at Gatwick Airport
12:14pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in Local News
Cocaine with an estimated street value of up to £800,000, has been seized at Gatwick Airport.
Border Force officers are investigating after the seizure of approximately eight kilos of the drug.
The haul was discovered on Sunday, September 1, when officers stopped a 49-year-old British woman who had arrived on a flight from Toronto.
After questioning her, the officers searched luggage and found the drugs.
A Border Force spokesman said: “Jacqueline Miller, from Livingstone Road, Blackburn, appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court on Monday, September 2, charged with the attempted importation.
“She was remanded in custody and will next appear at Croydon Crown Court on September 16.”
Carole Upshall, director of Border Force South, said: “Border Force is at the forefront of the fight to stop drugs entering the UK. “We are determined to protect society from this activity, which can have such a destructive impact on communities as well as individuals.”
She said: “Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the hotline - 0800 59 5000.”
Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for protecting the UK border.