Baggage handlers at Heathrow detained over drug smuggling suspicions
Three baggage handlers at Heathrow Airport have been arrested over a suspected drug smuggling ring.
Ten men - aged between 26 and 60 - and a 24-year-old woman were held on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs following raids by UK police across London.
All eleven were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs and are now being questioned at police stations around London according to the National Crime agency (NCA).
The arrests come after some 100kg of cocaine and 50kg of canabis have been seized in Heathrow airport over a 15 month period.
“Large scale drug smuggling through UK airports is high risk for organised criminals. Today’s operation was coordinated to strike simultaneously at as many parts of the suspected drugs ring as possible," NCA’s senior investigating officer David Reynders said.
“The NCA is grateful for the support and co-operation of the airport authorities and Border Force, all of whom have a vested interest in protecting the security of our borders.”