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10:15 Friday 03 August 2012  Written by James Preston

Female cocaine smuggler jailed for nearly four years

A 42-year-old woman who attempted to smuggle more than £830,000 worth of high-purity cocaine through Heathrow Airport was yesterday jailed for almost four years.

Connie Poku, of Middle Walk, Burnham, pleaded guilty to attempting to import a class A drug and was sentenced to 45 months in prison by a judge at Isleworth Crown Court.

Poku was arrested by UK Border Force officials at the airport's Terminal 5 on May 22 after flying in from Accra, Ghana.

After searching her baggage, officers found a number of tape-wrapped packages weighing a total of six kilos. Tests revealed the the packages contained cocaine, which had a purity level of 90 per cent.

Senior investigating officer Siobhan Micklethwaite, of the UK Border Force, said: "This was a significant amount of cocaine which was of a very high purity. Poku’s lengthy jail term should serve as a warning to others."

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