Cocaine seized at Belfast Airport

24 May 2016

Border Force officers at George Best Belfast City Airport have seized more than 10 kilos of suspected cocaine.

 

The drugs were found during Border Force checks at the airport on Sunday May 22.  A man has been arrested in connection with the seizure.

 

The drugs have an estimated street value in excess of £500,000.

 

Following the seizure by Border Force, the investigation is being carried out by the National Crime Agency.

 

John Oldham, Assistant Director Border Force said:

 

“Cocaine is a vile and destructive drug, which ruin the lives of users and the wider community.

 

“Border Force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.”

 

Border Force officers are the front line in protecting the country and play a key role in detecting illegal immigration, disrupting serious and organised crime and helping to prevent the threat of terrorism. 

 

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the smuggling hotline on 0800 59 5000.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

1.     Shane James Delaney ,30, from Kilkenny, Republic of Ireland appeared today (Tuesday) at Belfast Magistrates Court charged with the illegal importation of a Class A drug and was remanded in custody to reappear at the same Court on 31 May 2016.

 

2.  Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for protecting the UK border. Border Force was created in March 2012. It is responsible for entry controls and customs functions at the border, including our juxtaposed controls in France and Belgium, covering responsibilities including immigration and security checks, prevention of people trafficking, anti-smuggling of banned and restricted goods including drugs and weapons and protection of border revenue.

3.     Criminal investigations launched as a result of Border Force seizures of prohibited items and goods are undertaken by officers who form part of the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command. The NCA is leading the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime, including child exploitation, drug and people smuggling, illegal immigration and fraud and cyber crime.

4. For more Border Force news and further information about what we do visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/border-force

5.     what we do visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/border-force

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