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Sniffer dog nabs drugs smuggler

A SOUTH African man appeared before Solihull magistrates this week charged with smuggling four kilos of cocaine through Birmingham International airport.

A SOUTH African man appeared before Solihull magistrates this week charged with smuggling four kilos of cocaine through Birmingham International airport.

Officers from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) discovered the drugs on Monday when Anton Montgomery de la Gey, 39, from Johannesburg, arrived on a flight from Nairobi, Kenya via Zurich.

A positive indication from a drugs detection dog prompted officers to search his baggage and discovered the Class A drug concealed within its base.

The narcotics have a value of around £180,000 - although this would likely have doubled or trebled once 'cut' by drug dealers.

Steve Roper, detection manager for the UKBA, said: "This is an excellent result and an example of the vigilance and skills of our staff.

"We will continue to work with our partners in HMRC to tackle smugglers who attempt to bring goods illegally into the UK."

De la Gey was remanded in custody until September 9, 2008.

 

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