Woman jailed for smuggling '£900,000 of drugs'
- 22 October 2013
- From the section England
A woman from Lancashire has been jailed for smuggling cocaine with an estimated street value of £900,000 into the UK.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Border Force officers found about 5kg (11lb) of drugs in luggage on a flight from Toronto at Gatwick Airport on 1 September.
Jacqueline Millar, 50, of Livingstone Road, Blackburn, admitted importing class A drugs at an earlier hearing.
She was sentenced to five years in prison at Croydon Crown Court.
The NCA said the drugs were found to be between 65% and 70% pure and if cut and sold on the streets would have had a value of about £900,000.
Peter Avery, from the NCA's border policing command, said: "This was a substantial amount of a class A drug destined for the streets of the UK.
"Working with our Border Force colleagues we are determined to tackle those responsible for trafficking illegal drugs into the UK and causing terrible damage to our communities."
The NCA is a new law enforcement agency tasked with leading the UK's fight to cut serious and organised crime.