Details of two arrests that were made in April following the discovery of heroin woven into handmade rugs being imported from Peshawar, Pakistan, have recently been released to the press. The presence of the heroin, which is estimated to have a street value of about £5 million, was initially detected by a Border Force sniffer dog at Manchester Airport. Officers discovered the heroin was intricately woven into the handmade rugs following further examination.

Two men, aged 35 and 51, were arrested on suspicion of drug importation after the examination of the rugs led to the discovery of 110lbs of the Class A drug. The airplane had come from Peshawar via Abu Dhabi. Both were held on suspicion of drug importation in London before being released on bail.

In a statement made by the assistant director, Linda Paul, on behalf of the Border Force it was confirmed that the exact value of the drug is currently unknown pending the outcome of forensic analysis.

Pete Avery, from the NCA’s Border Policing Command, stated:

“It was a sophisticated concealment and demonstrates the lengths organised crime groups go to in an effort to avoid detection.”

The forensic examination of 46 rugs contained in the shipment is currently underway. It is expected that the amount of drugs found will increase.

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