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Gatwick cocaine smugglers are jailed

The drug smugglers were caught with the cocaine in their luggage at Gatwick. Credit: Home Office

Four drug smugglers from Spain who tried to smuggle a massive haul of cocaine through Gatwick Airport have been jailed for a total of 42 years. They were caught with the drugs in their luggage after arriving in February. The cocaine was estimated to have a wholesale value of more than £4m.

Court appearance

A suspected drug smuggler appeared in court today accused of flying into Heathrow with cocaine worth £250,000 in his luggage.

Lucian Petrica Codreanu, 27, was arrested at Terminal 5 yesterday after arriving on a flight from Rio de Janeiro, the UK Border Agency said.

Planes at Heathrow airport Credit: PA

Codreanu was remanded in custody charged with attempting to import a class A drug when he appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court this morning.

He will appear again at the same court for a committal hearing on June 19.

Marc Owen, of Heathrow's border force, said: "Border force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

"Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted face long prison sentences."

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