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Heathrow security worker among three charged over £2m cocaine smuggling attempt

09 January 2020

An airport security worker is among three people charged in connection with an attempt to smuggle cocaine worth more than £2 million into the UK via Heathrow airport.

National Crime Agency officers, supported by Border Force, made the three arrests on Saturday 14 December.

Airport employee Junaed Ghani Dar, 41, from Slough, was detained at Terminal 2 along with Michael Williams, 34, and Jessica Waldron, 33, both from Dudley in the West Midlands.

Williams and Waldron had just arrived into Heathrow as passengers on a flight from Bogota, Colombia.

After being questioned by NCA officers all three were charged with attempting to import class A drugs.

They appeared before Uxbridge Magistrates court on Monday 16 December where they were remanded in custody until their next court appearance at Isleworth Crown Court on 16 January 2020.

NCA branch commander Steve McIntyre said: “Class A drugs fuel violence and exploitation in our communities. Stopping them reaching the streets is a top priority.

“This was a sizeable seizure, likely worth in excess of £2 million at UK prices once cut and distributed.

“We will continue to work with our partners to target and disrupt the criminal networks involved in drug trafficking. This seizure demonstrates how we can do that.”