Manchester Airport chapati oven heroin smuggler jailed

Muhammad Khalid
Image caption Muhammad Khalid, 44, pleaded guilty at an earlier Manchester Crown Court hearing

A man who tried to smuggle heroin into the UK hidden in a chapati oven has been jailed for 12 years.

Muhammad Khalid was found with 24kg (52lb) of the drug, with a street value of £3.9m, when he arrived at Manchester Airport from Pakistan in June.

It is said to be one of the biggest heroin finds at the airport.

The 44-year-old, from Balsall Heath, Birmingham, admitted importation of a class A drug at an earlier hearing at Manchester Crown Court.

'Mud' claim

Image caption 24 kg (52lbs) of the drug was hidden within the lining of the chapati oven

The Border Force said officers were suspicious about a large cardboard box that was part of his luggage.

After inspecting the contents, officers found a brown substance within the lining of an oven.

A spokesman said Khalid claimed it was mud but tests proved it was heroin.

Peter Avery, from the National Crime Agency said: "Through our close working with Border Force colleagues we have managed to put a serious drug smuggler behind bars and protected our communities by keeping a substantial quantity of drugs off the streets."

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