Kilburn man charged with smuggling cocaine into the UK

Manie Oladip Betts-Priddy was arrested at Heathrow Airport after flying in from Grand Cayman

A Kilburn man has been charged with trying to smuggle �100,000 worth of cocaine into the UK.

Manie Oladip Betts-Priddy, 34, of Lowfield Road, was arrested at Heathrow Airport after flying in from Grand Cayman on Sunday.

He was held after Border Force officers discovered 1kg of the class A drug hidden in shoes in his luggage.

Yesterday (Monday) he appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court accused of attempting to import a class A drug.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court on Christmas Eve.

Marc Owen, Border Force Heathrow Director, said: “As this case demonstrates, Border Force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

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“Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted face long prison sentences.”

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