Heroin smuggled in carpets from Pakistan

October 8th, 2008 - 7:09 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 8 (IANS) Two men have been sentenced to a total of 36 years in prison for smuggling in 5.5 million pounds of heroin stashed within plastic straws sewn into the thread weaving of Afghan carpets.Abdul Khaliq and Yadegar Nazari were sentenced at Harrow Crown Court Monday after being found guilty of smuggling in 27 kg of high-grade heroin from Pakistan.

The contraband was found sewn inside Afghan carpets that were bound for an address in North London in March.

The carpets had plastic straws woven into the thread of the carpets. Inside each plastic straw had been carefully stashed a quantity of heroin, police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Weinberg said: “This was an unusual and high quality concealment that these two criminals clearly thought would go undetected. The fact that it did not, should serve as a warning to anyone thinking about concealing drugs for importation.”

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