August 20 2014 Latest news:
Friday, June 27, 2014
A man has been charged with drug smuggling after heroin with a street value of up to £37,500 was seized.
William Sowersby, 46, appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court yesterday after he was stopped at St Pancras Station when arriving on a train from Brussels, Belgium.
Border Force officers found around 70 small packages containing an estimated 750 grams of heroin during Tuesday’s swoop.
Tests are now being carried out to determine the purity of the drugs inside.
Paul Morgan, director of Border Force South East and Europe said: “Heroin is a vile and destructive drug which ruins the lives of users and the wider community.
“Border Force officers like those who made this seizure play a crucial role in protecting the UK from illegal drugs and other contraband.
“Working with law enforcement colleagues including the NCA we are determined to do all we can to prevent drug trafficking and put those responsible behind bars.”
Sowersby, of High View Road, Upper Norwood, South London, was questioned by investigators from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command and charged with attempting to import a class A drug.
He was remanded in custody until his next court appearance on 30 June.
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling can call 0800 59 5000.