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Teens in court on drug smuggling charges.

Summary: Two teenage girls have appeared in court charged with trying to smuggle cocaine through Gatwick Airport.

Two teenage girls have appeared in court charged with trying to smuggle cocaine through Gatwick Airport.

Ting Ting Tran, 18, of Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, east London, and a 17 year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested by UK Border Agency officers on Thursday morning.

Eight kilos (17.6lb) of cocaine with an estimated street value of Au420,000 was found in baggage on a flight arriving from Barbados.

The case was passed to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to continue investigations.

No pleas were entered during the teenagers' appearance at Crawley Magistrates' Court.

They were remanded in custody to appear via video link at Haywards Heath Magistrates' Court next Wednesday.

HMRC Gatwick spokesman Bob Gaiger said: "Our investigators and their UK Border Agency colleagues are determined to stop drugs entering the UK and reduce the associated harm to our communities."

Anyone with information relating to smuggled goods is asked to contact Customs' 24-hour hotline on 0800 59 5000.

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