Large cocaine seizure at Norwich Airport

13 Jul 2006 04:15 PM

Revenue & Customs Officers at Norwich International Airport have seized a large quantity of cocaine. As a result of the find, two people were arrested and have appeared at the city's Magistrates Court today (Thursday).

Jim Jarvie, Head of Operations for Detection Central for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) said: "HM Revenue & Customs is working at the forefront of the fight to stop drugs entering the UK and to reduce the associated harm to our communities. We aim to protect society from this activity wherever we detect it, at the borders or inland. Anyone with information relating to smuggled goods should contact HMRC's confidential hotline number on 0800 59 5000."

HMRC Detection teams from Central region identified and intercepted the passengers. A search of their luggage revealed packages which were found to contain a large quantity of cocaine. They were subsequently interviewed and charged with being knowingly concerned in the importation of controlled Class A drugs.

Griet Onsea (Belgian female, 33) and Harry Lum (American, 63) were both remanded in custody for 28 days by magistrates.

Issued by HM Revenue & Customs Press Office