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Airport smuggler jailed for seven years.

A DRUG smuggler who attempted to smuggle PS500,000 of heroin into the UK through Birmingham Airport has been jailed for seven years.

Border Force staff found around three kilos of the class A drug hidden inside rice cookers which had been imported from Pakistan.

Qaiser Khan was arrested by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers on June 5, 2014, after checks on two cookers found the drugs which had a potential street value of almost PS500,000.

Investigators from the NCA moved in after 32-year-old Khan, of Bevington Road, Aston, Birmingham, took delivery of the packages. A search of another address in Blackford Road, Sparkhill, uncovered another cooker and around 1.3 kilos of heroin.

Khan was charged with importing class A drugs and was due to stand trial at Birmingham Crown Court but on the first day of his trial he changed his plea to guilty.

On Friday he was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Dawn Cartwright, from the NCA said: "This operation has prevented a substantial quantity of heroin reaching the streets of the West Midlands and fuelling further criminality."

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Date:Jan 20, 2016
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