Batley air passenger arrested after heroin seized

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A Batley man was arrested after Border Force officials at Manchester Airport seized 16kg of heroin.

The seizure was made as officers carried out luggage checks following a flight arriving from Lahore in Pakistan, via Abu Dhabi.

The drugs, which were discovered on Monday, were found inside a suitcase.

The 47-year-old was arrested and bailed until July 8.

The seizure was the second of the day after officers found another 16kg of heroin in a suitcase belonging to a couple.

Assistant director for Border Force Phil Shields said: “These are two excellent seizures by our officers and they have ensured that harmful drugs with a street value of many millions of pounds have been kept off our streets.

“We will continue to work hard to keep our borders safe and crack down on drug smuggling.”

Anyone with information about smuggling should call 0800 59 5000.