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Sniffer dog finds huge heroin haul at Manchester Airport

Suspicious consignment of hand-made knotted carpets found at Manchester Airport. Credit: Border Force.

A sniffer dog at Manchester Airport helped Border Force officers find at least 50 kilos of heroin, worth about £5m, hidden inside a shipment of carpets.

The seizure was made In April when officers became suspicious of a 46-piece consignment of hand-made knotted carpets that had arrived from Peshawar in Pakistan via Abu Dhabi.

A detector dog alerted its handler to one of the carpets and further examination revealed a "highly sophisticated" concealment where the drug was woven into the fabric of the carpet, a Border Force spokesman said.

The concealment was described as "highly sophisticated". Credit: Border Force.

It is thought that the total value of the drugs could run into millions of pounds.

Two people were arrested on suspicion of drug importation offences at a business address in London on April 29.

The pair were interviewed by NCA investigators and released on bail pending further enquiries.