Beckenham woman jailed after attempting to smuggle liquid cocaine into the UK
PUBLISHED: 11:07 03 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:07 03 September 2014
A woman has been jailed for four years after attempting to smuggle liquid cocaine worth around £300,000 into the UK.
Officers at Gatwick stopped Hazel Blasby, 36, of Calverley Close, Beckenham, after she arrived on a flight from Barabados on June 17.
A two litre bottle labelled as “fruit punch syrup” was discovered during a search of her luggage, and tests showed the liquid inside contained cocaine.
Following questioning Blasby was charged with attempting to import a Class A drug.
Forensic analysis of the liquid later revealed that it contained the equivalent of 1.77 kilos of cocaine, which if cut and sold in the UK would have had a street value of £297,000.
At a hearing at Croydon Crown Court on August 26 Blasby entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to four years in prison.
Carole Upshall, Border Force regional director, said: “I’ve no doubt this cocaine was destined for the streets of the UK, and this seizure will represent a significant dent in the profits of the criminals involved.
“Working with our colleagues from the NCA we are determined to do all we can to stop traffickers like Blasby and the criminal networks involved in drug smuggling.”