Man used wife as heroin mule
£470k of drugs stitched into dresses
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