Did He Really Think He’d Get Past Customs With This Suitcase Stuffed Full Of Cannabis?
September 22, 2015 7:41 AM
A brazen smuggler was busted trying to bring a suitcase stuffed full of cannabis worth £110,000 into the UK.
But 20-year-old Henry Alden was stopped at Edinburgh Airport, and has now been jailed for three years and eight months.
Customs officers pulled over Alden, from Portsmouth, after he stepped off a flight from Barcelona, Spain, on May 19.
They searched his carry-on baggage, and only found a change of clothes and a mobile phone charger.
But when they opened up his checked-in luggage, they were stunned to see he’d stuffed it full with 12kg of marijuana, reports the BBC.
Alden was questioned by National Crime Agency officers, but replied “no comment” to everything he was asked, according to the Standard.
Further investigation revealed he’d flown from Luton to Spain just days before, said the Portsmouth News.
And he’d also made several over trips to the Iberian peninsula over the preceding months, from other British airports.
Alden pleaded guilty at Edinburgh High Court on Thursday to drug importation charges.
“This was a brazen attempt to smuggle thousands of pounds of illegal drugs into Scotland,” said the NCA’s John McGowan.
“While Alden’s method may not have been very sophisticated, he was a professional courier.”
Murdo MacMillan, Head of Border Force Scotland, added: “Seizures like this demonstrate how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.
"Drug smuggling is a serious offence and those convicted of it face prison.”
(Images credited to REX and NCA)