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."