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Smuggler who hid cocaine in wheelchair jailed
Friday, 22 June 2012
A MAN who tried to smuggle £370,000 of cocaine into the UK inside his wheelchair has been jailed.
Daniel Roque Hall, of Willesden Lane, Cricklewood was handed a three-and-a-half-year sentence on Thursday after he admitting attempting to import the drug into the country on November 28 2011.
Isleworth Crown Court heard the 29-year-old had been travelling from Peru to London via Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris when he was stopped by border force officers at Heathrow.
Swabs from his wheelchair showed a presence of cocaine and an x-ray revealed a number of packages hidden in its leather seat.
The packages contained nearly three kilograms of the class A drug which, if cut and sold on the street would have fetched around £370,000.
Pete Avery of the UK Border Force said:
“Mr Roque Hall may have thought that because he was in a wheelchair he would be above suspicion, but our officers are trained to expect the unexpected.
“The cocaine hidden in his wheelchair was of a very high purity and there is no doubt in my mind that had he not been stopped it would’ve ended up being cut and sold on the streets of London.”
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