PRESS RELEASE – A woman from St Lucia has been charged with drug smuggling after Border Force officers at Gatwick Airport seized a quantity of class A drugs.
Tadia Clements, aged 22, was stopped after she arrived on a flight from St Lucia on 5 September.
Following searches, officers recovered around 340g of cocaine – tests are now being carried out to determine the purity and value of the drugs.
Clements was arrested by Border Force and later questioned by investigators from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command and charged with attempting to import a class A drug.
On 18 September Clements appeared at Croydon Crown Court and was remanded in custody until her next appearance there on 30 October
Carole Upshall, Border Force regional director, said:
“Border Force officers like those who made this seizure play a crucial role in protecting the UK from illegal drugs and other contraband.
“Working with law enforcement colleagues including the NCA we are determined to do all we can to prevent drug trafficking and put those responsible behind bars.”