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Woman jailed for drug smuggling

A shopworker has been jailed for 12 months after smuggling almost £20,000 worth of cannabis through Birmingham International Airport.

A shopworker has been jailed for 12 months after smuggling almost £20,000 worth of cannabis through Birmingham International Airport.

Donna Ives, 46, of Mosshouse Close had hidden over six kilos of the Class B drug inside her luggage and was caught on August 5.

Warwick Crown Court heard how Ives had been stopped by officers from the UK Border Agency (UKBA) after arriving on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

When they searched her suitcase they found seven packages of cannabis hidden among her clothes.

Ives pleaded guilty to drug smuggling and received a year-long prison sentence.

Recorder Christopher Hotten QC said: “There are thousands of people in the UK with debts but you took the wrong path. You went into this with your eyes open and with a view to financial gain - custody is the only option.”

Dawn Cartwright, senior investigation officer from HM Revenue & Customs, said: “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 about smuggled goods should call 0800 59 5000 or email customs.hotline@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk.

 

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