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KHADIJA Shah is not the first West Midlands resident to be sucked into the murky, and potentially deadly, world of drug delivery and distribution abroad. | Kevin Barlow, born in Stoke, paid the ultimate price. He and fellow heroin courier Brian Chambers were hanged in Malaysia in 1986.

The pair, based in Australia, were arrested after 141.9 grammes of the narcotic was discovered in a suitcase at Bayan Lepas International Airport, George Town.

Barlow, on his first mission as a drug mule, gave the game away by shaking uncontrollably and sweating profusely as he approached the checkout. | Birmingham girls Karyn Smith and Patricia Cahill were caught with PS4 million worth of heroin at Bangkok Airport in 1990.

The drugs - all 66lbs of them - were spirited in shampoo bottles.

The teenagers were handed long sentences, but served only three years after being granted a pardon.

| In 2014, Birmingham's Colmin Smith nearly died after some of the 61 pellets packed with cocaine ruptured in his stomach.

The 48-year-old was taken seriously ill while flying from Antigua to Gatwick. The airliner was forced to make an emergency landing in Bermuda.

In a Bermuda courtroom, Smith thanked God for saving his life. Because he did not intend to offload the drugs in Bermuda, the mule avoided a custodial sentence.

| Former Bromsgrove soldier Lance Whitmore was jailed for 50 years after being caught with nearly 200 ecstasy tablets in Thailand.

The 26-year-old was caught attempting to sell the mindbending party drug to an undercover police officer.

After Whitmore was sentenced in 2015, his heartbroken mother, Debbie Caswell, said: "I am devastated. I don't know how he will cope."


Karyn Smith and Patricia Cahill and right, Lance Whitmore

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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 3, 2019
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