Security guard among four arrested over airport drug seizure

Update - 25 November 2017

Farhan Iqbal, aged 30, from Southall, west London, 37-year-old Colombian national Camilo Alec Pulido Suarez, 43-year-old Colombian national Wilmer Salazar-Duarte, and 46-year-old Colombian national Alexander Salazar-Duarte were all charged with conspiracy to import cocaine. They appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court today and have been remanded in custody until their next hearing on 22 December at Blackfriars Crown Court.


24 November 2017

Four people, including an airport security worker, are being questioned in connection with a seizure of approximately seven kilos of cocaine at Heathrow, in a joint operation involving the National Crime Agency and Metropolitan Police Service.

The employee, a 30-year-old man from Southall, west London, and a 37-year-old man from Colombia were arrested in a Terminal 5 airside toilet by NCA officers at around 3.30pm yesterday (23 November). Packages containing the cocaine were recovered from the scene.

The man from Colombia had recently stepped off a flight from Bogota.

Separately, a 43-year-old man was arrested in the airport arrivals area.

The drugs would likely have had a value to organised crime of around £250,00, but if cut and sold in the UK could have had a potential street value in excess of £700,000.

Shortly afterwards MPS officers carried out a search of an address in east London, where a 46-year-old man was arrested.

All four are now in custody and are being questioned on suspicion of drug importation offences.

NCA senior investigating officer Darren Barr said:

“Heathrow Airport provided invaluable assistance in this operation, and working with partners such as the MPS, Border Force and the Heathrow authorities we are determined to target those who may be involved in criminality at the airport.

“Corruption threatens the security of the UK border and the public at large which is why we see it as a priority.” 






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