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Cocaine seized at Gatwick Airport
2:40pm Monday 4th November 2013 in Local News
Border Force officers at Gatwick Airport’s North Terminal have seized two kilos of cocaine.
The drugs, which have an estimated street value of £200,000, were discovered when the officers stopped a 48-year-old man from Venezuela.
The man had arrived on a flight from Trinidad and was en route to Nice in France when the drugs were seized, on Thursday, October 24.
After questioning the man, the officers searched luggage and discovered the drugs in the base of a holdall.
The man was arrested and he and the investigation was then passed on to the National Crime Agency (NCA) for further enquiries.
Carole Upshall, director of Border Force South, described the devastating effect the drug has on society once it is smuggled into the country Ms Upshall said: “Cocaine is a vile and destructive drug, which ruins the lives of users and causes harm to the wider community. “Border Force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.”
In September, Border Force officers seized about five kilos of cocaine at Gatwick. The drugs, with an estimated street value of up to £500,000, were discovered when officers stopped a 43-year-old man who had arrived on a flight from Trinidad on September 29.
After questioning him, the officers searched luggage and discovered the drugs. Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling is urged to call the smuggling hotline on 0800 59 5000.
Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for protecting the UK border.
It is responsible for entry controls and customs functions at the border, alongside controls in France and Belgium, covering responsibilities including immigration and security checks, prevention of people trafficking, anti-smuggling of banned and restricted goods including weapons, and protection of border revenue. Criminal investigations launched as a result of Border Force seizures of prohibited items and goods are undertaken by officers who form part of the new NCA’s Border Policing Command, combating serious and organised crime, including child exploitation, drug and people smuggling, illegal immigration and fraud and cyber crime.