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Attempted drug smuggling charge

A MAN from Essex has been charged with attempting to smuggle 14 kilos of cannabis through Birmingham International Airport.

A MAN from Essex has been charged with attempting to smuggle 14 kilos of cannabis through Birmingham International Airport.

John Corbin, 49, of Chingford, was arrested by officers from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) following the discovery of the drugs, which were found in baggage after the arrival of a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

It is estimated the cannabis could have had a street value of £40,000.

Dawn Cartwright, senior investigating officer for HMRC, said: “We are working alongside the UKBA to stop drugs entering the UK and to reduce the associated harm to our communities. This latest seizure of drugs reflects the strenuous and committed efforts of dedicated teams of officers.

“We aim to protect society from drug smuggling wherever we detect it, at the borders or inland, and will not hesitate to bring individuals before the courts.”

Anyone with information relating to smuggled goods is urged to contact the Customs Hotline on 0800 59 5000 or e-mail customs.hotline@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

 

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