Student tried to smuggle drugs by swallowing 100 bags of cocaine before flight

A student who tried to smuggle drugs into the UK by swallowing 100 packages of cocaine worth £80,000 has been caged.

Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro, 30, was arrested on Christmas Eve last year after landing at Heathrow Airport on a flight from São Paolo.

He was detained by Border Force on arrival before an X-ray revealed the staggering amount of cocaine in his body, which added up to a kilogram.

Monteiro had swallowed the drugs in about 100 little packages – a method that could have killed him if they had burst during the flight.

He was held in custody overnight and on Christmas Day he was charged with attempting to import Class A drugs.

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On Boxing Day, he appeared in front of Uxbridge Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to the charge.

MyLondon reports Monteiro pleaded guilty on Thursday, January 28 at Isleworth Crown Court and was sentenced to four years and two months in prison.

NCA Heathrow operations manager Ian Truby said: "This was an incredibly dangerous smuggling method.

"Had any one of those packages split then the consequences could have been fatal.

"Organised crime groups need drugs mules like Dos Santos Monteiro to bring their illicit substances into the UK.

"His was an important link in the chain from the producers and cartels in South America to the UK street gangs who sell these drugs.

"At every level throughout that chain, we see criminals engaged in violence and exploitation, which is why we are doing everything we can to target the networks involved in international drug trafficking."

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