DCSIMG

Drug smuggler ‘risked life’ after swallowing £200k cocaine haul

Luton Airport is proposing changes to its runway 26 flight path

Luton Airport is proposing changes to its runway 26 flight path

 

A man who swallowed 78 packages of high-purity cocaine in an attempt to smuggle them through Luton Airport has been jailed for five years.

A man who swallowed 78 packages of high-purity cocaine in an attempt to smuggle them through Luton Airport has been jailed for five years.

Andrew Chitedze, 48, of Kerridge Court, Dalston, was arrested by border force officers on January 25 as he arrived from Argentina, via Madrid.

Chitedze claimed to have been over there to visit an uncle, but a body scan revealed a number of suspicious packages contained within his abdomen. He admitted to Border Force officers that he had swallowed the packages.

Forensic tests later revealed that they contained over one kilo of high-purity cocaine, which if cut and sold on the streets in the UK would have had an estimated value of around £200,000.

Following an investigation by the National Crime Agency, Chitedze pleaded guilty to drug importation charges. At a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Border Force regional director Phillip Holliday said: “This case shows the lengths smugglers will go to in their attempts to bring class A drugs into the UK. Those who swallow packages like this are risking their lives.
“Border Force officers are on the front line of the fight to stop illegal drugs like cocaine making it onto the UK’s streets.”

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page