A man who imported and dealt opium from his flat in Eastbourne has been jailed after he was caught trying to smuggle the drug into the UK in his underpants.
Officers from the National Crime Agency began investigating Adam Ibrahim, 43, of Willowfield Road, after the French authorities seized a parcel addressed to him containing around a kilo of the drug hidden within cotton reels and notified the NCA.
Ibrahim was out of the country at the time but was arrested as he arrived into Gatwick on a flight from Turkey.
Border Force officers searched Ibrahim and found a package containing around 250 grammes of opium concealed within his underpants. NCA investigators found a further 300 gramme package of opium hidden under a carpet at his home in Willowfield Road, plus scales used to weigh drugs.
Ibrahim was charged with possessing class A drugs with intent to supply and importation offences.
He later pleaded guilty, and on Monday (August 3) a judge at Croydon Crown Court jailed him for four-and-a-half-years.
Andy Devine, NCA head of border investigations, said, “Our close co-operation with French partners has led to the seizure of drugs worth around £20,000 and the arrest and conviction of a man heavily involved in the importation and dealing of class A drugs.
“All drugs crime has an international element and by putting Ibrahim behind bars we have managed to break a link in the chain between international smugglers and street-level dealers.”
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