Thamesmead drug runner jailed for swallowing £400,000 of cocaine in failed passenger flight smuggling attempt

Kwame Raymond swallowed 2.2kg of cocaine.

Kwame Raymond swallowed 2.2kg of cocaine.

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A Thamesmead drug runner who swallowed more than £400,000 worth of cocaine before trying to smuggle it into the country on a passenger flight, has been jailed.

Kwame Raymond, 42, of Warrior Close, was stopped by Border Force officers at Stansted Airport on January 17 after he arrived on a flight from Amsterdam.

He claimed to have been visiting the Netherlands to attend a funeral but when questioned he admitted swallowing around one hundred packages containing drugs.

Forensic tests later revealed the packages contained around 2.2kg of cocaine, which if cut and sold on the streets in the UK would have had an estimated value of around £421,000.

Following an investigation by the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command, Raymond pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges.

At a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Border Force regional director Phillip Holliday said: "This case shows the lengths smugglers will go to in their attempts to bring class A drugs into the UK.

"Those who swallow packages like this are risking their lives. If any one of those packages had split it could have been fatal.

"Border Force officers are on the front line of the fight to stop illegal drugs like cocaine making it onto the UK’s streets."

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12:26pm Tue 15 Apr 14

SidcupResident says...

I think if most Class A drug users were told that they were probably taking something that had come out of someone's backside, they might just think twice....
I think if most Class A drug users were told that they were probably taking something that had come out of someone's backside, they might just think twice.... SidcupResident
  • Score: 7

1:44pm Tue 15 Apr 14

bojimbo26 says...

5 years ? After good behaviour and good behaviour , be out in 1 year .
5 years ? After good behaviour and good behaviour , be out in 1 year . bojimbo26
  • Score: 4

3:14pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Bestbaz says...

shame the wrap or condom did not break in his stomach. One less person not being supported in prison by the tax payer
shame the wrap or condom did not break in his stomach. One less person not being supported in prison by the tax payer Bestbaz
  • Score: 10

10:39pm Tue 15 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

It must be like doing ya line off Kwame's chocolate starfish.

Toot toot.
It must be like doing ya line off Kwame's chocolate starfish. Toot toot. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -10

10:13am Wed 16 Apr 14

shabina says...

should have burst !!!
should have burst !!! shabina
  • Score: 5

10:15am Wed 16 Apr 14

shabina says...

should have burst !!! then he wouldn't be lying about a funeral .. pmsl
should have burst !!! then he wouldn't be lying about a funeral .. pmsl shabina
  • Score: 6

10:30am Wed 16 Apr 14

ความจริง says...

If the bag would've burst it would've done us all a favour. Yet again another low-life being housed at Her Majesty's pleasure by the tax payer.

If he isn't a British citizen then deport him !
If the bag would've burst it would've done us all a favour. Yet again another low-life being housed at Her Majesty's pleasure by the tax payer. If he isn't a British citizen then deport him ! ความจริง
  • Score: 25

2:12pm Wed 16 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Bestbaz wrote:
shame the wrap or condom did not break in his stomach. One less person not being supported in prison by the tax payer
My thoughts exactly.
[quote][p][bold]Bestbaz[/bold] wrote: shame the wrap or condom did not break in his stomach. One less person not being supported in prison by the tax payer[/p][/quote]My thoughts exactly. sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 8

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