Heroin found woven into rugs at Manchester Airport

Woman Walking Through a Metal Detector as Her Baggage is X-Rayed at the Airport

£5m worth of heroin was found woven into hand-made rugs at Manchester airport.

Specialist sniffer dogs detected the drugs which were expertly disguised inside thread-like sheathes that look like carpet yarn to the naked eye, the Telegraph reports.

Two men, aged 35 and 51 were arrested after 110lb (50kg) of the Class A drug was found in the consignment that arrived from Peshawar via Abu Dhabi.

The seizure was made after Border Force officers became suspicious of the 46-piece consignment of handmade rugs.

Border Force officers and the National Crime Agency's (NCA) Border Policing Command made the seizure and the arrests in April. Examination of the load continues and officers say the drugs haul could increase.

The pair were held on suspicion of drug importation at a business premises in London and have been released on bail, according to the BBC.

Pete Avery, from the NCA's Border Policing Command, said: "It was a sophisticated concealment and demonstrates the lengths organised crime groups go to in an effort to avoid detection."

Linda Paul, assistant director for Border Force, added: "At this stage it is impossible to put an exact value on the drugs because forensic tests have yet to be carried out."

According to the Telegraph, the haul is already among the largest drug seizures made at Manchester Airport.

Weird things you can do at the airport
See Gallery
Heroin found woven into rugs at Manchester Airport

Passengers at Munich Airport don't have to sleep on uncomfortable airport chairs as there are special self-service Napcab cabins offering a comfortable space to sleep before your flight. And to ensure you're far from the stress of the terminal, there's mood sound and lighting, entertainment and even an alarm you can set so you won't miss your flight.

Last year, San Francisco International Airport opened a serene space for yoga bunnies - the first of its kind Yoga Room in Terminal 2. Located just past the security checkpoint, it allows travellers to leave the stress of the airport behind and step into a space devoted to contemplation and self-reflection. The noise and mobile-free room is free to use and comes complete with yoga mats so you don't have to worry about extra baggage!

Travellers waiting for a flight at Dallas Airport can put their time to good use and learn how to save a life, as the American Heart Association and American Airlines have placed a Hands-Only CPR machine in Terminal C for six months allowing hands-on practice with an actual CPR mannequin. The machine gives you an introduction and a practice session before testing your compression rates and hand placement.

Fancy trying an aerobatic flight? At Cambridge Airport, you can take to the skies in a high performance aerobatic aircraft similar to those used in the Red Bull Air Race series. Free of the logistical difficulties of learning to fly in London’s aerospace, you'll learn while enjoying one of the most beautiful aerial views in the country - of colleges and churches! Lessons are supervised by a highly experienced instructor and after you've been through a series of breathtaking loop-the-loop-style manoeuvres, you can take the controls and try your hand at some basic manoeuvres.

If you've got a few hours of waiting time during a stopover at South Korea's Incheon Airport, you'll want to go on an exciting (and free!) Transit Tour to get a taste of the local culture and see the stunning sights. Whether you've got a couple of hours or six, the free tours take in beautiful temples, the city of Seoul at night or Incheon Grand Bridge and the port.

There's no need to get bored waiting for your flight at Zurich Airport, as you can go on a guided tour of the airport and find out what goes on behind the scenes. From a sightseeing tour of the flight operations areas by bus, to visiting the aircraft maintenance facilities and repair services, there are various tours and visits for aviation enthusiasts.

A proposal at an airport could be really romantic (if you're a plane spotter), but how about actually tying the knot at one? At Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, couples can say 'I do' with a unique wedding ceremony before escaping abroad for a honeymoon. Choose from a contemporary aviation-style wedding ceremony to nuptials styled in the aviation days of yesteryear, a "quickie" before jumping on the plane. You can even have a full-on wedding party on a plane.

What's the best way to enjoy the airport views? From a rocking chair, of course! America's Charlotte Airport was the first to place more than 100 rocking chairs around its terminal. Passengers can take in the views of the runway with a coffee in hand or relax in the tree-lined atrium and soak up the sunshine while waiting for a flight.

You don't even have to leave Incheon Airport to get cultured in South Korea as the Cultural Museum of Korea is located in the Transfer Lounge, displaying a collection of relics that cover a 5,000-year timeline. At the museum you'll find the Mugu jeonggwang dae darani-gyeong, the oldest known wooden slab print in the world, Jikji, the world’s oldest existing book published by movable metal type, and Yong-bi-eo-chun-ga and Wol-in-chon-gang-ji-gok, two of the earliest works printed in the Korean alphabet.

Singapore's Changi Airport might just be our favourite airport in the world. There's so much to keep you occupied here that you really won't want to catch the flight home. For a start, it's home to a Balinese-themed rooftop swimming pool and poolside area. And if going for a swim as you wait for your flight isn't enough, you can share your photos and video memories on a Social Tree, visit the Butterfly Garden and take a stroll through Cactus, Sunflower and Orchid Gardens. Or just enhance your airport experience by visiting the Changi Aviation Gallery. Who knew that being stuck at the airport could actually be fun?


Related stories

Convicted sex offender given job at Manchester Airport

Man arrested at Manchester Airport after reporting lost luggage containing £200k of opium

British tourists on Belgium coach trip caught up in £3 million drugs bust

Read Full Story