Man jailed over Heathrow cocaine smuggling attempt

John Teebon. Credit: Police handout

A man has been jailed for six and a half years after he was caught attempting to smuggle cocaine worth more than half a million pounds into the UK.

John Teeboon, aged 56, now of no fixed abode but originally from Darley Dale in Derbyshire, was arrested at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 on Sunday 26 August as he stepped off a flight from Madrid. He had travelled from Peru.

Upon examining his luggage Border Force officers found one of his suitcases contained a white powder, which was concealed within a false bottom.

Field tests revealed the powder to be cocaine and Teeboon was arrested for attempted drug smuggling.

In total the seizure was found to weigh almost four kilos and forensic analysis showed it would have had a UK street value of more than £520,000.

Teeboon admitted a charge of attempting to import a class A drug and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.