A DEWSBURY couple could face the death penalty after attempting to smuggle £2million of heroin out of Pakistan, it is claimed.
The Foreign Office has not confirmed the duo’s identities but they are believed to be 26-year-old Mohammed Tahir Ayaz, of Dewsbury, and his wife Ikra Hussain, 20.
Airport security allegedly found the class A drug whilst scanning the pair’s baggage as they tried to board an Emirates Airlines flight from Sialkot Airport in north-east Punjab, via Dubai, to the UK last Thursday.
The man’s travel documents traced him to a property in Dewsbury, and the woman’s photo ID contained an address in Cleckheaton
Staff apparently discovered packets of drugs sewn into several items of female clothing.
The seizure, described by officials as ‘fine-quality heroin’, could be worth around £2million on the international market.
The couple have been handed over to Pakistan’s Anti Narcotics Force for further investigation.
They allegedly told local security officials they were planning on smuggling the drugs from Pakistan to the UK.
If found guilty, the pair could potentially face the death penalty or life behind bars.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are urgently seeking more information from the Pakistani authorities following reported arrests of a British couple.”
In a statement Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff said: “I understand that a Dewsbury couple have been arrested at an airport in Pakistan, allegedly attempting to smuggle a substantial quantity of heroin into the UK.
“This is an appalling crime and I am pleased to hear that these life-destroying drugs have been intercepted.”
Kirklees Council leader Shabir Pandor added: “If anyone breaks the law in this way it’s completely appalling and they are out of order.”