Woolwich woman jailed in £1.5 million cocaine smuggling plot

Woolwich woman jailed in £1.5 million cocaine smuggling plot

£1.5 million of cocaine was uncovered mixed up with food in these containers

£1.5 million of cocaine was uncovered mixed up with food in these containers

£1.5 million of cocaine was uncovered mixed up with food in these containers

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A WOOLWICH woman who tried to smuggle £1.5 million of cocaine into the UK in food packets and bottles has been locked up.

The drugs were mixed up in foods from Ecuador in a “very sophisticated concealment” that was uncovered by Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport in June last year.

Columbian national Martha Santiago, aged 36, of Tellson Avenue, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday to five years in prison.

Paula Sanchez, aged 32, of Coppetts Road, Muswell Hill, was jailed for 10 years. Both admitted conspiracy to import class A drugs at earlier hearings.

The disguised haul – totalling around eight kilos of pure cocaine - was found after officers carried out forensic checks on freight at the airport on June 27.

Assistant director of Border Force Peter Avery said: “This was a significant quantity of drugs and a very sophisticated concealment, but once again our Border Force officers were one step ahead.

“Border Force officers are on constant alert to prevent dangerous drugs like cocaine making it into the UK, and through close working with our law enforcement partners like the MPS (Met Police) and SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency) we are determined to bring to justice those who would attempt to smuggle it.”

Anyone with information about suspected activity linked to drug smuggling should call 0800 59 5000.

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3:25pm Sat 2 Feb 13

old nick says...

more foreign parasites we have to keep.
more foreign parasites we have to keep. old nick
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6:08pm Sat 2 Feb 13

nearly right all the time says...

Great big well done to the boys and girls
who foiled this.!

One would hope that these people are deported back to their country of origin and in that way no longer be a burden on the hard working UK tax-payer
Great big well done to the boys and girls who foiled this.! One would hope that these people are deported back to their country of origin and in that way no longer be a burden on the hard working UK tax-payer nearly right all the time
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7:26pm Sat 2 Feb 13

rojo174 says...

wot about thier human rights?
wot about thier human rights? rojo174
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10:42pm Sat 2 Feb 13

nearly right all the time says...

I would hope their human rights would be respected

and we do not act like nazis or the BNP
I would hope their human rights would be respected and we do not act like nazis or the BNP nearly right all the time
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10:07am Sun 3 Feb 13

Marty1979 says...

nearly right all the time wrote:
I would hope their human rights would be respected

and we do not act like nazis or the BNP
So they try to bring in banned substances - which had they not been discovered would have made them over a million (would they have paid tax)

Fortunately they were found, are now in prison (at our expense). When they get out they will no doubt be housed & fed (at out expense)

Yes we respect their human rights
[quote][p][bold]nearly right all the time[/bold] wrote: I would hope their human rights would be respected and we do not act like nazis or the BNP[/p][/quote]So they try to bring in banned substances - which had they not been discovered would have made them over a million (would they have paid tax) Fortunately they were found, are now in prison (at our expense). When they get out they will no doubt be housed & fed (at out expense) Yes we respect their human rights Marty1979
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3:49pm Mon 4 Feb 13

old nick says...

the nazis would have shot them.
the nazis would have shot them. old nick
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