A man has been arrested after he was caught smuggling cocaine through a golden duck statue.
National Crime Agency officers had traced a suspicious package to an address in Harlow, Essex, after it was seized by Border Force officers at Stansted Airport.
The package was a wooden box containing a gold-colored hollow duck statue, reports MyLondon.
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When officers drilled holes in the duck, a sticky pink substance leaked out. A drug test was performed which showed a positive result for cocaine.
During a search of the room, officers also found five cell phones and a variety of identification documents with different names.
Aldo Alushi, a 29-year-old Albanian, was arrested at Milwards’ property, Harlow, on January 7.
Alushi was living in the UK illegally and initially claimed the statue did not belong to him. He said he received the package on behalf of another Albanian who had helped him enter the country.
On Friday February 18, at Chelmsford Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to importing drugs into the UK. He will be sentenced on March 11.
NCA Branch Commander Lydia Bloomfield said: “This is certainly one of the most unusual drug smuggling attempts we have seen, and it shows how far organized crime groups are willing to go to attempt to avoid detection.”
She added: “The cocaine trade fuels significant additional crime, including serious violence, both upstream from the source of the drugs and here on the streets of the UK. Our work with partners like Border Force is essential to disrupting Class A supply chains and dismantling those groups behind the trade.”
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Martin Hendy, Border Force Deputy Director for Central Region, added, “Drug supply chains are violent and exploitative, degrading neighborhoods across our country. Border Force’s work with the NCA to prevent drug to enter the UK is at the heart of the year-long drug strategy to reduce crime and save lives.
“Those involved can be proud of their work and especially the officers who intercepted and stopped this harmful drug from entering our communities.”
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