UK Border Agency officers made a number of important detections at the border last night.
Officers at Heathrow seized 1kg of cocaine hidden in luggage on a flight from South America. Officers have also apprehended a number of people seeking to smuggle drugs into the UK inside their bodies. The detection of Class A drugs is a priority for the agency, in line with the government’s Drugs Strategy. Investigations into the smuggling attempts are ongoing.
Overnight at Dunkirk, officers operating juxtaposed border controls apprehended 3 people for attempted people smuggling, including a Sri Lankan who was being smuggled into the UK via France. All those involved have been handed to the French border police.
This morning the agency has also apprehended 8 foreign nationals trying to enter the UK hidden in 4 lorries travelling through Calais. Every year, UK Border Agency staff in France and Belgium stop thousands of attempts to enter Britain illegally.
UK Border Agency border operations director Tom Dowdall said:
‘Last night’s activity is typical of the action we take to every day to protect the UK. Smuggling, be it of drugs or people, is organised crime on a major scale. Securing the UK border against these threats is our top priority.’
The UK Border Agency protects the UK border 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It operates checks overseas, at the border and within the UK.