Stansted: Airport heroin smuggler jailed
PUBLISHED: 16:07 28 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:07 28 January 2013
A POLISH man who swallowed 100 packages of heroin in an attempt to smuggle them into the UK through Stansted Airport has been jailed.
Robert Michal Budych, 43, of Srem in Poland, was sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment when he pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court on January 24 to attempting to import a Class A drug.
Budych was stopped by Border Force officers at 9pm on November 16 when he arrived at Stansted on a flight from Dusseldorf.
Tests on his mobile phone revealed traces of heroin and when questioned Budych admitted that he had visited South America three months earlier.
He was arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling and taken into Border Force detention where he subsequently passed 100 packages of heroin. The drugs had an estimated street value of £40,000.
Peter Avery, of Border Force, said: “The sentence handed out sends a strong deterrent message to anyone thinking of smuggling drugs into the UK. We have robust controls in place at all our ports and airports. We will catch you and you will pay with your liberty.
“The case also highlights the grim reality of drug smuggling. It is a reminder to people who would abuse illegal substances that this is often how the goods reach them, hidden inside desperate drugs mules.
“Border Force is at the forefront of the fight to stop drugs, weapons, other contraband and illegal immigrants entering the UK and our officers are on constant alert to keep them out of the country.”