Woman jailed for drug smuggling
Published 3 Aug 2012 12:00 1 Comment
A DRUG-SMUGGLER has been jailed for almost four years for attempting to bring more than £800,000-worth of cocaine into the UK.
Connie Jane Poku. 42, of Middle Walk in Burnham was arrested by Border Force officers at Heathrow's Terminal 5 on Tuesday, May 22 after a number of tape wrapped packages, which in total weighed almost six kilos, were found in her hand baggage.
Tests carried out on the substance inside revealed it to be 90% pure cocaine with a street value of more than £830,000.
Poku, who had travelled on a flight from Accra in Ghana, pleaded guilty to attempting to import a class A drug and was sentenced to 45 months in prison by a judge at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday (2).
Senior investigating officer Siobhan Micklethwaite, of Border Force, said: "This was a significant amount of cocaine which was of a very high purity. Poku's lengthy jail term should serve as a warning to others.
"Working with our law enforcement colleagues in the UK and around the world we are determined to do all we can to prevent class A drugs reaching our streets and harming our communities."
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.
This article appeared in Slough Observer 03 Aug 12
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