Drugs smug­gled in kid’s books

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A MAN from Brent who at­tempted to smug­gle around £200,000 worth of co­caine con­cealed in­side chil­dren’s books through Heathrow Air­port has been jailed.

Roland Gra­ham Winn, of Wal­ton Close, Dol­lis Hill, was sen­tenced to six years in prison at Isle­worth Crown Court on Thurs­day Oc­to­ber 27.

He had ear­lier pleaded guilty to the im­por­ta­tion of a class A drug at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates Court on Septem­ber 26.

The 60-year-old was stopped by Bor­der Force of­fi­cers at Ter­mi­nal 2 on Septem­ber 23 af­ter ar­riv­ing on a flight from Frank­furt where he had stayed fol­low­ing a trip to Brazil.

A search of his suit­case un­cov­ered two hard­back chil­dren’s books wrapped in plas­tic car­rier bags with drug pack­ages hid­den in­side the cov­ers.

Mr Winn said he had got the books from Copaca­bana beach and they were for fam­ily mem­bers.

A field test gave a pos­i­tive re­sult for co­caine.

He was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of the im­por­ta­tion of a con­trolled drug and the case was passed to of­fi­cers from the Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA) for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Phil Dou­glas, di­rec­tor of Bor­der Force Heathrow said: “Bor­der Force of­fi­cers are on the front­line, pro­tect­ing the UK from smug­glers who will of­ten make elab­o­rate at­tempts to con­ceal Class A drugs like this.

“The seizures made by our of­fi­cers will put a sig­nif­i­cant dent in the profits of the crim­i­nals in­volved, and de­tec­tions such as this are a real tes­ta­ment to their vig­i­lance and skill.

“Work­ing with law en­force­ment col­leagues like the NCA we are de­ter­mined to do all we can to put drug smug­glers be­hind bars and seizures like this are the vi­tal first step.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about ac­tiv­ity they sus­pect may be linked to smug­gling can call our hot­line on 0800 59 5000.

SEN­TENCED: Roland Gra­ham Winn who has been jailed. Right, the books con­ceal­ing the drugs

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