Man used wife as heroin mule

£470k of drugs stitched into dresses

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Salina Pa­tel salina.pa­tel@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

BORDER Force of­fi­cers at Heathrow Air­port have helped lock up a man who used his own wife as a drugs mule.

Al­most half a mil­lion pounds of heroin was pre­vented from reach­ing the cap­i­tal’s streets af­ter taxi driver Waseem An­war Choudry, of Chich­ester Court in Slough, had sewn heroin pack­ages in­side eight dresses and put them in wife Nazreen An­war’s suit­case, un­be­known to her, ahead of her flight from Pak­istan to Lon­don in June.

Choudry, 31, ad­mit­ted to be­ing in­volved in the im­por­ta­tion of 3.5kg of class A drugs with an es­ti­mated street value of £470,000.

He was jailed for eight years on Fri­day, Novem­ber 27 at Isle­worth Crown Court. Siob­han Mick­leth­waite, from the Na­tional Crime Agency’s (NCA) Heathrow border in­ves­ti­ga­tion team said: “This was a cyn­i­cal at­tempt to im­port a large amount of class A drugs by a man who seemed quite happy for his wife to take all the risks on his be­half.

“Heroin is a dan­ger­ous sub­stance which fu­els crim­i­nal­ity, from the or­gan­ised gangs and deal­ers in­volved in making and dis­tribut­ing it to the street ad­dicts who turn to crime to pay for their habit.”

His wife was found not guilty of her in­volve­ment in the im­por­ta­tion.

She was ar­rested at Heathrow af­ter step­ping off a flight on June 28, 2015, and told in­ves­ti­ga­tors at the NCA her hus­band had given her the dresses to bring back and she did not know the drugs were in­side.

Choudry was ar­rested six weeks later as he at­tempted to re-en­ter the coun­try at St Pan­cras In­ter­na­tional rail ter­mi­nal, hav­ing trav­elled from Pak­istan via Paris.

Phil Dou­glas, Border Force Heathrow di­rec­tor, said: “This case shows how­ever crim­i­nals try to con­ceal drugs, our of­fi­cers are ex­perts at find­ing them.”

n JAILED: Choudry

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