Gatwick cocaine smuggler jailed for five years

Sandor Malnai SUS-140422-155405001
Sandor Malnai SUS-140422-155405001

A man who attempted to smuggle £100,000 of cocaine through Gatwick Airport by hiding it inside a pair of trousers has been jailed for five years.

Hungarian national Sandor Malnai, 49, was stopped by Border Force officers as he arrived at Gatwick’s North Terminal on a flight from Barbados on April 4.

A spokesman for Border Force said that, during a search of his luggage, officers found a pair of green cord trousers which appeared “unnaturally stiff”.

A closer examination revealed packages of white powder concealed inside the lining.

Forensic checks showed the substance was cocaine.

One kilo was found and it is estimated that, if cut and sold in the UK, the drugs would have had a street value in excess of £100,000.

After being handed over to officers from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command, Malnai was charged.

At a hearing at Croydon Crown Court on Thursday (April 17) he pleaded guilty to drug importation charges and was sentenced to five years in prison on the same day.

Border Force South regional director Carole Upshall said: “Malnai believed he could get his illicit cargo past our border controls and as a result he now faces a substantial amount of time behind bars.

“Our highly-trained Border Force officers are on the front line of the fight to stop illegal drugs like cocaine making it onto the UK’s streets and causing harm to our communities.

“Working with the National Crime Agency we are determined to do all we can to tackle traffickers and the criminal groups behind smuggling.”