Smuggler jailed over £1m drugs bungle

Adil Mehmood Zaki
Adil Mehmood Zaki
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A bungling drug smuggler has been jailed after heroin worth £1m was found hidden in his suitcases.

A drug detector dog discovered the stash of 4.23kg of heroin in suitcases belonging to Batley man Adil Mehmood Zaki when he flew into Manchester Airport from Islamabad.

Zaki, 44, a Pakistani national, was stopped by Border Force officers on October 20 last year after the haul was found concealed in the bases of three trolley bags.

The heroin had an estimated street value of £916,500.

Zaki, of Holly Grove, was jailed for seven years after being convicted of attempting to smuggle heroin after a five-day trial at Manchester Crown Court.

Phil Shields, Assistant Director for Border Force, said: “This was an excellent seizure that has kept a large amount of harmful drugs off the streets and I would like to thank all the officers involved for their hard work and vigilance.

“It is also a good example of the work of our detector dogs who played a vital role in this seizure.”

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