Heroin found in chapatti maker at Manchester Airport

Manchester Airport
Image caption The finds were made during baggage searches at Manchester Airport

Three "significant" amounts of drugs with a total street value of £2.5m were found in baggage searches at Manchester Airport in June, officials have said.

Border Force found 24kg (52lbs) of heroin hidden in a chapatti maker, thought to be the "biggest single" class A drug find at the airport.

Officers also found 18kg (39lbs) of heroin in a suitcase and a bag with 15kg (33lbs) of cocaine inside.

Three men have been charged with drug smuggling as a result of the finds.

The heroin in the bread-making machine was found after officers boarded a flight from Pakistan before passengers disembarked in Manchester on 7 June.

The cocaine was found in the bag of a Dutch man arriving from the Dominican Republic on 6 June, while the other heroin seizure was made after officers searched the lining of a suitcase belonging to a man who was travelling from Pakistan on 30 June.

Border Force's Sam Bullimore said the finds meant "a substantial quantity of harmful drugs has been kept off the streets".

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