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.
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.
Manchester Airport, the UK’s third busiest airport, has hit the 21 million passenger mark for the first time since 2008.
The 21-millionth passenger was Singapore Airlines’ customer Dr Rachel Brown, from Warrington, who received several prizes when she arrived for her flight to Asia.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be Manchester Airport’s 21 millionth passenger and what an incredible start to my trip.”
Dr Brown was treated to an upgrade to business class and lounge access within an exclusively sectioned off area.
Ken O’Toole, Chief Commercial Officer of Manchester Airports Group (MAG), said: “Manchester airport is the Northern Gateway, providing global connectivity through our unrivalled network of short and long haul destinations.
"We continue to grow thanks to the strength of our catchment, the support of our airline partners and the continued hard work and dedication of all MAG colleagues.”
Over 9.3m passengers set to use the airport over the coming months as the busy summer season gets under way.
A convicted sex offender was given a job at Manchester Airport frisking passengers - despite facing fresh allegations of abusing a teenage boy.
The Manchester Evening News reports James Burns, 56, was employed as an aviation security officer and passed a criminal record and counter terrorism check.
The checks failed to highlight his convictions for historic sex assaults because the Police National Computer at that time did not include all offences from the 70s and 80s.
The newspaper reports Burns, from Bolton, was suspended on full pay despite this week being given a nine month sentence suspended for two years, a 12-month supervision order, made the subject of a sexual offences prevention order, and placed on the sexual offenders register for ten years.
Millions of people from our region are to turn their backs on the Bank Holiday sunshine to head abroad.
And while Blackpool, Liverpool and Manchester Airports experience one the year's busiest peaks - it's the roads that have been taking the strain.
With thousands heading off to the sun this weekend, Manchester Airport is preparing for what could be its busiest Easter ever.
Arrivals and departures are expected to exceed 200 thousand.
And 68 new security staff have been taken on just for the holiday period.
Spokeswoman Tricia Williams said people should allow plenty of time for checking in and boarding.
A poll from VisitEngland showed that around 3.4 million Britons are set to take an Easter break in the UK involving at least one overnight stay, providing an £800 million boost for the UK economy.
Around 6.5 million Britons are planning day trips over the holiday period, with a further 9% undecided whether to have a break involving an overnight stay, the survey revealed.
VisitEngland chief executive James Berresford said: "The industry has rallied following the severe weather earlier this year. It's business as usual for tourism with a full line-up of events and offers across the country, and destinations ready and waiting to welcome visitors this Easter break."
An estimated 1.6 million Britons are heading abroad for the holiday. Over the Easter weekend, 110,000 passengers will leave from Manchester Airport.
Popular foreign spots for those going overseas include Spain and its islands, Turkey, Tunisia and Florida, according to UK travel organisation Abta. Top city destinations are Paris, Dublin, Amsterdam, Rome and New York, while bookings for UK breaks are described by Abta as "healthy".
There is disruption to flights to and from Manchester Airport due to an inspection of the runway being carried out.
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A new flight between Hong Kong and Manchester Airport has been announced. The four-times-weekly service will start on 8 December 2014.
It's hoped the service will help strengthen business links between the North West and China.
Replacement bus service running on Northern Rail between Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Airport due to over running engineering works at Manchester Airport.
A man has been charged with drug smuggling after Border Force officers at Manchester Airport seized heroin worth an estimated £280,000.
Muhammad Ashfaq, 42, appeared before Trafford Magistrates on Monday 10 February, charged with the importation of a Class A drug.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on 3 March, 2014.
The discovery was made on Friday 7 February as officers inspected a mishandled bag that should have arrived the previous day on a flight from Islamabad.