June 19 2013 Latest news:
Dominic Gover , Senior reporter
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Border Force officials at Heathrow Airport found two kilos of heroin sewn into the hems of a traditional Pakistani bridal gown.
It was flown into Terminal 3 from Karachi last Sunday.
Damon Jackman, Border Force Heathrow deputy director, hailed the “highly unusual” find.
He said: “Border Force officers are on constant alert to keep heroin and other banned substances out of the UK.
“Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted face long prison sentences.
“This seizure was highly unusual and shows the lengths smugglers will go to.”
Mohammed Khalil Bhatti, 33, a Pakistani national, appeared before magistrates on Tuesday in Uxbridge. He faces importation charges.
A 30-year-old man from Luton was arrested and bailed in connection with the police inquiry.