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Nigerian air hostess arrested at Heathrow faces cocaine charges

AN air hostess has been charged with attempting to smuggle nearly 9lb (4kg) of cocaine into Britain, the UK Border Agency said today.

Nigerian national Chinwendu Uwakaonyenma Ogbonnaya, 30, was arrested on Sunday following the discovery of the drugs in an item of luggage, a UKBA spokesman said.

She had arrived at Heathrow Terminal 4 on an Arik Air flight from Lagos in Nigeria.

She was charged with attempting to import a Class A substance, and was expected to appear before Uxbridge Magistrates today.

Marc Owen, director of UKBA operations at Heathrow, said: "UK Border Agency officers are on constant alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep Class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

"We are determined to prevent this terrible trade which can have such a destructive impact on the lives of so many."

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling is urged to call the smuggling hotline on 0800 59 5000