Batley man in £400,000 heroin bust at airport

Issue 606

A MAN from Batley has appeared in court accused of trying to smuggle drugs worth more than £400,000.

Adil Mehmood Zaki, 43, is alleged to have been caught with eight kilos of heroin at Manchester Airport by border officials.

The Pakistani national, of Holly Grove, Batley, faces a charge of attempted importation of Class A drugs.

He appeared at Trafford Magistrates’ Court on Monday and was remanded for a hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Monday November 11.

The drugs were allegedly found in a suitcase following a flight from Islamabad last Sunday after a sniffer dog raised suspicions.

Britain’s new National Crime Agency, which began work earlier this month, helped lead the investigation.

Sam Bullimore, Assistant Director for the UK Border Force, said it is the second recent major heroin bust at Manchester Airport.

A woman from Birmingham was charged with smuggling 13kg of drugs on another flight from Islamabad on October 3.

Ms Bullimore added: “We will continue to work hard to keep our borders safe and crack down on drug smuggling.”

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling can call the Border Force hotline on 0800 595 000.

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