Sniffer dogs at London Heathrow Airport discovered 400g of heroin inside the covers of child educational books My First 100 Machines and My First 100 Numbers on an inbound flight from Nairobi.
Smugglers had attempted to fool border security by hiding the Class A drugs – with a street value of £40,000 (Ksh 6,153,202) – in freight headed for Ontario, Canada.
“Border Force officers are the front line in the fight against smuggling and play a crucial role in protecting the UK from illegal drugs and other contraband. As this case shows, however traffickers attempt to conceal drugs our officers will find them.
“The trade in illegal drugs is big business and the criminals who engage in this activity are always looking to find new ways to evade detection. It is our job to stay one step ahead of them and to put a stop to this terrible trade that has such a destructive impact on the lives of so many.”
– Phil Douglas, Border Force Heathrow Director