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170 kilos of heroin seized on Heathrow

Christian Fernsby |
More than 170 kilos of heroin has been stopped from being smuggled into the UK by Border Force officers.

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Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport have prevented an attempt to smuggle more than 170 kilos of heroin into the UK.

The seizure, which had a potential street value of around £8.5 million, happened on Thursday. The drugs were found in a freight consignment consisting of 630 commercial boxes of fruit and nuts and were hidden in envelopes concealed in the outer cardboard box walls. Each outer box contained approximately 270 grams of heroin.

Following the seizure, the investigation was passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA). Two men (aged 36 and 51) were arrested in the Bradford area on Friday (22 May) on suspicion of importing Class A drugs and a third man was arrested in Birmingham on Saturday (23 May). All three were later released under investigation.

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