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Woman pleads guilty to heroin smuggling

A woman from Dalton has been jailed for smugling heroin worth £172,000 into the country.

Dalton woman jailed for heroin smuggling

A woman from Dalton in Cumbria has been sentenced to four years in prison at Canterbury Crown Court after pleading guilty to heroin smuggling.

Border Force officers stopped Naomi Thriepland on 5 December 2011 at the Channel Tunnel entrance at Coquelles, France.

Thriepland said she had been in France to spend a few days at Disneyland Paris.

Officers searched the Mercedes car she was driving and found approximately 3.4 kilos of heroin in the hood compartment of the vehicle’s boot. The drugs had an estimated street value of up to £172,000.

Thriepland was bailed while investigations by Border Force officers based at Dover were carried out.

Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted will face prison sentences. Our message to those who would consider it is that it’s just not worth it. Border Force officers will continue to work diligently to keep our border secure and to make life as tough as possible for those who seek to profit from this evil trade.

– Malcolm Bragg, Border Force

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