Heroin worth £125,000 seized after found sewn into suitcases sent from Pakistan at Manchester Airport

By Ben Butler

More than £100,000 worth of heroin was found sneakily sewn into the lining of a shipment of handbags at Manchester Airport on Tuesday.

Border officers made the discovery when the package containing the bags was being processed at Manchester Airport’s freight terminal.

The parcel, estimated to have a street value of £125,000, had been sent from Pakistan.

Vicky Allan, Assistant Director for Border Force, said: ““This seizure gives an indication of the increasingly creative and deceptive methods smugglers are using as they attempt to get drugs into the country.

“Our officers work hard to stop drugs getting into the country and are skilled at preventing smuggling attempts – whether people try to hide them on their person, in their luggage or send them through the postal system.”

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

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