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Monday 23 October 2017

Dubliner arrested as 10kg of cocaine seized at Heathrow

Cocaine worth hundreds of thousands of pounds was seized at Heathrow Airport
Cocaine worth hundreds of thousands of pounds was seized at Heathrow Airport

a man from Dublin has been charged with drug smuggling after border force officers at Heathrow's Terminal 1 seized 10kg of cocaine.

Philip Knowles (25), of St Mark's Crescent, Clondalkin, Dublin, was stopped at around 4pm on October 13 after arriving on a flight from Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Following searches, officers recovered cocaine.

The drugs are currently being analysed for purity and are likely to have a final value totalling several hundred thousand euro.

Questioned

Mr Knowles was arrested by border force and later questioned by investigators from the National Crime Agency's Border Policing Command and charged with attempting to import a class A drug.

He appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Isleworth Crown Court on October 30.

Border force Heathrow director Marc Owen said: "Those who engage in drug smuggling should be in no doubt that they will be targeted and brought to justice.

"Border force officers secure the UK's borders 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We welcome legitimate travellers but are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK."

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