Woman caught smuggling £47k of cocaine in vagina

A woman who smuggled £47,000 worth of cocaine in her vagina and was caught at Gatwick Airport in January has been jailed.

Estelle Brett, 20, was returning from St Lucia and was arrested by Border Force officers after swab tests on her luggage produced a positive reaction for cocaine, Crawley News reports.

Brett, from Brockley, refused to have an X-ray but admitted she had swallowed the drugs and waited for them to pass through her system to collect during the flight. She then hid the cocaine in her vagina.

She pleaded guilty to drug importation charges at Croydon Crown Court and was jailed for 32 months.

Carole Upshall, of the Border Force, told International Business Times: "This case shows the lengths smugglers will go to in their attempts to bring Class A drugs into the UK. Those who swallow packages like this are effectively risking their own lives."

Last year, a British woman was arrested at Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires as she tried to board a UK-bound flight with 850g of cocaine concealed in her genitals.

The woman was remanded in custody at a women's prison in Argentina.

The spokesman for Argentina's Ministry of Security said that the drugs, worth £100,000, had been "packed tightly into a barrel-shaped object."

The spokesperson added: "It's not the first time we've stopped a woman carrying drugs stuffed inside their private parts.

"The cocaine she was carrying would probably have fetched around £100,000 in Britain if it had been sold in small amounts."

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Swiss border guards arrested six French citizens at Geneva railway station who were carrying more than 42 tasers disguised as mobile phones and flashlights, hoods, masks and laser devices. The strange assortment of items also included a cigarette lighter that hid a knife inside, an expandable spring baton, handcuffs and several balaclavas. Weird!

One man hid a collection of 36 live snails in his luggage. UK Border Force officers at Glasgow Airport discovered the 15cm-long snails which had shells the size of human fists. The Nigerian passenger said the molluscs were going to be used as food.

Some people are prepared to go to extreme lengths to commit a crime. A Chilean man travelling to Barcelona was found wearing a cast made from cocaine on his broken leg. Before he could claim the doctor had got the plaster mix wrong, airport security officers found bags of cocaine in his luggage too. It turned out he did have a broken leg but officials were almost certain he'd broken it on purpose to smuggle the drugs.

Customs officers at Melbourne International Airport discovered 51 live tropical fish concealed beneath the skirt of a female passenger. They selected a 43-year-old woman for a baggage examination after she arrived on a flight from Singapore and became suspicious during the search when they heard 'flipping' noises coming from her waist. An examination revealed 15 plastic water-filled bags holding fish in a purpose-built apron.

A Cypriot monk and two accomplices were caught trying to board a plane in Athens with the skull and bones of a nun in their luggage. When questioned about the remains in his luggage, the 42-year-old monk said he was transferring them from Greece to a monastery in Cyprus because the nun was a saint. But the Cypriot Orthodox church did not believe the story and said the attempted smuggling was sacrilegious.

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An African prince tried to smuggle cocaine concealed inside onions into the UK. The 55-year-old prince thought the onion odour would hide the drugs worth £163,000. Shrimps and other smelly fish were packed in his luggage but sniffer dogs at Heathrow still managed to smell through the pungent odours.

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When customs officers at Kiev airport asked a Ukrainian woman to open her suitcase in 2007, they found a vibrator with a bag of hashish stuffed in the battery compartment. A border police spokesman said: "She told us that she had put the drugs in a vibrator because she thought no one would ever think of touching it, let alone looking inside it. She was obviously unaware of how thorough our officers are in their searches."

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A 21-year-old woman declared a few soiled nappies at a US-Mexico border crossing but the suspiciously chunky diapers were seized when they were found to contain several links of spicy pork sausage. Customs officials said the nappies were folded to look soiled. Strange!

A man in Bangkok was caught carrying suitcases full of baby leopards, panthers, monkeys and a bear. The traveller thought he could smuggle the 'zoo' of animals through Suvarnabhumi International Airport for a flight to Dubai but undercover police had been watching him ever since he made the black market purchase of animals.

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