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Woman jailed for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the UK through Dover

Photo: National Crime Agency

A Dutch woman who attempted to bring cocaine worth nearly £150,000 into the UK through Dover, hidden in bottles of orange juice syrup, has been jailed for more than five years.

Berryl Landveld, 35, was stopped when she arrived at the port on 9th June on board a coach from Amsterdam.

Border Force officers discovered four one-litre bottles in a carrier bag in her suitcase.

The cocaine was mixed in the liquid.

Credit: National Crime Agency

Forensic experts found the bottles contained 3.25 kilos of cocaine with an average purity of 69%, worth an estimated £146,340.

After pleading guilty to importation charges Landveld was sentenced to five years and four months in prison.

Credit: National Crime Agency

Drugs fuel violent crime and other criminal activities. Taking an enabler like Landveld out of the equation halts a line of drug supply but also disrupts the wider criminal activity.”

– Deborah Cook, NCA Dover Operational & Financial Investigation Manager

This is another example of how our officers have prevented dangerous Class A drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK.

“Border Force will continue to work with our law enforcement partners, like the NCA, to ensure we do all we can to bring those intending to profit from illegal activity to justice.”

– David Smith, Deputy Director of Border Force South East and Europe