Officers discovered the Class A drugs on the morning of Saturday, 24 November, when two passengers were stopped after arriving on a flight from Jamaica. The drugs, which had been concealed in a box of rum cakes within luggage, weighed approximately 4kgs and a full forensic analysis will now take place.
Tim Kingsberry, Director of Border Force South said:
“It is the job of Border Force to stay one step ahead of the smugglers who would look to bring dangerous drugs like this into the UK. Detections such as this are testament to Border Force officers’ expertise. In this case, the drugs seized were estimated to have a potential value of approximately £160,000 once cut and sold on the streets.
“Working with law enforcement colleagues like the National Crime Agency (NCA) we are determined to prevent drug trafficking and bring those responsible to justice.”
Following the seizure by Border Force, the investigation was passed to the NCA.
Two women, both Jamaican nationals, one resident in Birmingham and one from Wiltshire, have been released under investigation while NCA enquiries continue.
The Government’s Serious Violence Strategy, which was launched in April, aims to combat the devastating impact drugs have on levels of serious violence.
It also highlights a strong link between drugs and serious violence and the related harm and exploitation from county lines. The Government has set out the action it will take to tackle this violent and exploitative criminal activity. The action of Border Force to stop drugs before they get into the country forms a key part of this work.
Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.
Nationally, they use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the hotline on 0800 59 5000.
Criminals beware, Project Servator has launched at Gatwick and it WILL spot you!
Unpredictable, that’s the key word for the project launched at Gatwick Airport for the first time, ensuring that security checks are performed without any notice.
In this day and age we all feel a sense of safety whenever we see a police patrol going about their business. None more so than at an airport.
“deter, detect and disrupt hostile reconnaissance”
Now Gatwick has gone one step further and adopted the national project Servator that has performed so well up and down the country.
Inspector James Biggs from the Gatwick Police Prevention Team explained:
“Project Servator is a project initiated by the city of London police that has now gone nationwide including railway stations and airports.
It’s designed to deter, detect and disrupt the hostile reconnaissance coming to the airport and places of interest. That’s all levels of criminality from shoplifters to terrorists.
The project has been live nationwide for a number of a years which is why we adopted it here.”
But what is it?
The aim is be as unpredictable as possible and run security checks utilising all arms of the available resources available to the police, from uniformed to plain clothed and armed officers. Additionally the use of dogs and the sophisticated CCTV and number plate recognition software all combine to create the airports very own ring of steel.
The officers have been specially trained to detect people who may come to the airport and act in a different manner. Something not easy in an environment as busy as Gatwick where the people change every single hour and day.
But it is not just within the airport buildings that the project is undertaken.
Road checkpoints have also been set up ensuring that if anyone even thinks about getting close to the airport for wrong reasons then they will have no choice but to come face to face with the police.
Whilst the whole project is all about being unpredictable and therefore catching out would-be criminals, there is an additional side that could be witnessed first hand while watching the officers in action.
Smiles on the faces of passengers.
The very presence, the interaction and the belief that Gatwick is showing that safety is of paramount importance to all who both work and travel through the airport.