Drugs found in framed portraits at Heathrow Airport

16:11 28 December 2012

The opium is believed to have a street value of £150,000. Picture: UK Border Agency

The opium is believed to have a street value of £150,000. Picture: UK Border Agency

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Opium was discovered concealed within three paintings at Heathrow Airport.

The drugs were found hidden within the frames. Picture: UK Border AgencyThe drugs were found hidden within the frames. Picture: UK Border Agency

Ten kilograms of the class A drug was found on Christmas Day by staff carrying out checks on freight. It was hidden within the frames of the portraits.

The substance is believed to have a street value of around £150,000. It was on a flight from Iran to Canada via London.

Border Force Heathrow deputy director Brian Hill, said: “This was an extremely professional concealment with the drugs very well hidden, but our officers were still able to prevent this consignment from reaching its final destination.”

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling should contact 0800 59 5000.

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