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Drug smuggler sentenced in Britain

Islamabad, December 10, 2012 (PPI-OT): A Bradford man who attempted to smuggle almost £700,000 worth of heroin through Leeds Bradford Airport has been jailed for sixteen years.

Mohammed Naveed, 26, from Whetley Lane, Girlington, was stopped by Border Force officers at the airport on 27 June this year after arriving on a flight from Pakistan. A search of his holdall revealed eight sleeves of cigarettes, which concealed 2.5kg of heroin.

Naveed, who was sentenced today at Leeds Crown Court, pleaded guilty to drug smuggling at an earlier hearing.

Two men connected to Naveed are currently serving sentences after pleading guilty to attempting to smuggle drugs through Manchester Airport.

Mohammed Saddique, was arrested at Manchester Airport on 29 January this year after arriving on a flight from Pakistan. He had a holdall containing 12 sleeves of cigarettes concealing 5.2kg of heroin. He was sentenced to five years and four months at Manchester Crown Court on 29 May 2012.

Sharaz Khan, was arrested at Manchester Airport on 17 May, also after arriving on a flight from Pakistan. He had a holdall containing 15 sleeves of cigarettes concealing 5.9kg of heroin. He was sentenced to four years at Manchester Crown Court on 6 September 2012.

The total street value of the drugs seized in these cases is estimated to be more than £2 million.

Pete Avery of Border Force said:

“The sentence handed out today sends a strong deterrent message to anyone thinking of smuggling drugs into the UK. We have robust controls in place at all our ports and airports. We will catch you and you will pay with your liberty.

“Border Force is at the forefront of the fight to stop drugs, weapons, other contraband and illegal immigrants entering the UK and our officers are on constant alert to keep them out of the country.”

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.

For more information, contact:
Mike Girling
Press Attache
British High Commission
Islamabad
Tel: +9251 201 2000
Cell: +92300 500 5306
Website: http://ukinpakistan.fco.gov.uk

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