UK Border Force describe its “unusual” seizures


UK Border Force have described some of the “unusual” seizures it has made – from heroin concealed in a chapatti oven to cocaine in carpets from Pakistan.

Among the cases was that of a man who attempted to smuggle £550,000 of cocaine hidden in Snickers bars into the country at Gatwick Airport.

He was jailed for five years.

Some 50kg of heroin worth around £5m was found hidden inside a shipment of carpets from Pakistan at Manchester Airport.

At Leeds Bradford, two men were stopped after officers became suspicious of their “bulky and ill-fitting jackets”. They were found to be carrying some 30,000 cigarettes.

Two women were jailed for a year after they stuffed 13 endangered iguanas into socks and hid them in their suitcase as they headed for Heathrow from the Bahamas.

One of the San Salvador rock iguanas – of which there are only a few hundred in the world – died.

At an international postal hub in Coventry, £20,000 worth of opium was found in two monkey statues from India.

And a man from London was caught attempting to smuggle 3kg of cocaine inside his the seat of wheelchair.

Sir Charles Montgomery, Border Force director general, said smuggling techniques were becoming more sophisticated.

He added: “Fortunately our officers have seen virtually every trick in the book.

“The skill and experience of our officers helps keep drugs and other illegal goods out of the country and off our streets.”