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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Dalton drug smuggler jailed

A DALTON woman has been sentenced to four years' jail at Canterbury Crown Court after pleading guilty to heroin smuggling.

Border Force officers stopped and questioned Naomi Thriepland, of Ann Street, on December 5, 2011 at the Channel Tunnel entrance at Coquelles, France.

She said she had been in France to spend a few days at Disneyland Paris.

But officers searched the Mercedes car she was driving and found approximately 3.4 kilograms of heroin in the hood compartment of the vehicle’s boot.

The drugs had an estimated street value of up to £172,000.

Malcolm Bragg, from Border Force said: “Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted will face prison sentences. Our message to those who would consider it is that it’s just not worth it.

“Border Force officers will continue to work diligently to keep our border secure and to make life as tough as possible for those who seek to profit from this evil trade.”

Thriepland was bailed while investigations by Border Force officers based at Dover were carried out.

On Monday, the 25-year-old was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to the charge during an appearance at Canterbury Crown Court on October 22.

  • Full story in tonight's Evening Mail

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