Man charged with attempted heroin importation

Monday, 30 July 2012
Border Force officers are investigating after approximately five kilos of heroin was seized at Dover's Eastern Docks.

The drugs, with an estimated street value of £240,000 were discovered on Friday 27 July when officers stopped a passenger who had arrived at the Eastern Docks on a scheduled coach service from Germany to London. After questioning the man, a search of baggage was carried out. A number of packages which tested positive to heroin were found in a suitcase.

Abdula Mohamed Jamal, 51, from Bucharest, Romania was charged with the attempted importation. He appeared at Folkestone Magistrates Court on Saturday, 28 July, where he withheld his plea. He will appear again at Folkestone Magistrates on 3 August.

Enquiries by Border Force continue.

Carole Upshall from Border Force said: "Border Force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

"We are determined to prevent this terrible trade which can have such a destructive impact on the lives of so many."

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