Birmingham drugs hit the news

On the same day that an Austrian man was jailed for smuggling £12,000 worth of cannabis into Birmingham airport, a record drugs haul worth £130,000 was also discovered at the airport.

Earlier this year, Klaus Grunseis was stopped by customs officials at Birmingham airport and, after they x-rayed his luggage, almost six kilos of cannabis was discovered concealed in the lining of two suitcases. Grunseis had travelled from Thailand via Delhi and Zurich and was jailed for eighteen months last week after pleading guilty to the offence.

The six kilo haul, however, pales into comparative insignificance when viewed in the light of the record amount of cannabis (for Birmingham at any rate) discovered in three suitcases being carried by a 41 year old woman and her teenage daughter. The 47 kilos of cannabis resin was discovered by the new UK Border Agency when the women were stopped after disembarking from a flight from Montego Bay in Jamaica. They will appear before Solihull Magistrates in mid July.

Last year Birmingham Airport hit the headlines when HM Revenue and Customs officials and police thwarted an attempt to smuggle heroin with a street value of £1.5 million into the country, hidden in a consignment of air-conditioning units.

The UK Border Agency involved in Birmingham’s latest drugs haul was formed in April this year and has, as one of its targets, the challenge of seizing at least 550 kilos of heroin and 2400 kilos of cocaine by next April, in order to keep up last year’s good work on class A drugs.

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