A woman who was caught attempting to smuggle liquid cocaine worth nearly £300,000 into the UK through Gatwick has been jailed for four years.
Officers at Gatwick stopped Hazel Blasby, 36, of Calverley Close, Beckenham, after she arrived on a flight from Barbados on June 17 2014.
During a search of her luggage a two litre bottle labelled as “fruit punch syrup” was discovered.
Tests were carried out and the liquid inside was found to contain cocaine.
Blasby was charged with attempting to import a Class A drug.
Forensic analysis of the liquid revealed it contained the equivalent of 1.77 kilos of cocaine, which if cut and sold in the UK would have had a street value of £297,000.
At a hearing at Croydon Crown Court on August 26 Blasby entered a guilty plea. She was sentenced to four years in prison.
Carole Upshall, Border Force regional director, said: “I’ve no doubt this cocaine was destined for the streets of the UK, and this seizure will represent a significant dent in the profits of the criminals involved.
“Working with our colleagues from the NCA we are determined to do all we can to stop traffickers like Blasby and the criminal networks involved in drug smuggling.”