Cocaine dissolved in wine discovered in luggage - man charged with smuggling offences

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A man has been charged with trying to smuggle cocaine dissolved in wine into the country.

Robert Philip Smith, 30, of Long Lane, Clayton West, flew into London City Airport on a flight from Peru, via Amsterdam, on Sunday, February 2.

He was stopped by Border Force officers who found the class A drugs dissolved in two bottles of wine hidden in his luggage.

Smith was charged with attempting to import a class A drug and appeared before Croydon Magistrates court on Tuesday, February 4.

He did not enter any pleas and was remanded in custody until 14 February when he is expected to appear at Croydon Crown Court.

Border Force Central Region director, Phillip Holliday, said: “Seizures like this demonstrate how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.”

Anyone with information should call the Smuggling Hotline on 0800 595000.