Jailed: Dollis Hill man who smuggled £200k worth of cocaine hidden in children's books
PUBLISHED: 15:05 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:05 31 October 2016
A man from Dollis Hill who tried to smuggle £200,000 worth of cocaine into the UK by hiding the drugs in two children's books has been jailed.
Roland Graham Winn, of Walton Close, claimed he had bought the books for relatives from a seller in Copacabana beach in Brazil where he been holidaying.
However when the books were closely inspected they were found to have drug packages concealed inside the covers which tested positive for the class A drugs.
The 60-year-old had been stopped at Gatwick Airport after flying back via Frankfurt.
He had earlier pleaded guilty to the importation of a class A drug at Uxbridge Magistrates Court in September and was jailed for six years last week.
Phil Douglas, director of Border Force Heathrow said: “Border Force officers are on the frontline, protecting the UK from smugglers who will often make elaborate attempts to conceal Class A drugs like this.
“The seizures made by our officers will put a significant dent in the profits of the criminals involved, and detections such as this are a real testament to their vigilance and skill.”