Manchester Airport chapati oven heroin smuggler jailed
- 30 October 2013
- From the section Manchester
A man who tried to smuggle heroin into the UK hidden in a chapati oven has been jailed for 12 years.
Muhammad Khalid was found with 24kg (52lb) of the drug, with a street value of £3.9m, when he arrived at Manchester Airport from Pakistan in June.
It is said to be one of the biggest heroin finds at the airport.
The 44-year-old, from Balsall Heath, Birmingham, admitted importation of a class A drug at an earlier hearing at Manchester Crown Court.
The Border Force said officers were suspicious about a large cardboard box that was part of his luggage.
After inspecting the contents, officers found a brown substance within the lining of an oven.
A spokesman said Khalid claimed it was mud but tests proved it was heroin.
Peter Avery, from the National Crime Agency said: "Through our close working with Border Force colleagues we have managed to put a serious drug smuggler behind bars and protected our communities by keeping a substantial quantity of drugs off the streets."