Drugged up pineapples

Posted: August 25, 2010 in Law & Disorder

Some people just ask to be caught.

IlieWade Obraine Lawson, aged 23 from Croydon, arrived at Gatwick Airport on a flight from Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday 17 August. UKBA Officers searched a black wheelie suitcase, which was found to contain a quantity of pineapples.

The fruit were x-rayed and cut open, revealing a green herbal substance. I would have thought anyone with common sense would have considered bringing pineapples into a country which sells them in supermarkets would be construed as suspicious.

Another holdall bag was then searched, and was found to conceal pineapples and yams which also contained cannabis. Officers found 10kg of the drug in total, with a potential street value of nearly £29,000.

Moroccans aka British nationals caught smuggling.

Amine El Faghloumi, aged 46, and Fatima Benyermak, aged 49, were stopped by UK Border Agency officers as they disembarked the Bilbao-Portsmouth ferry which arrived at 17:15.

Officers searched a white Mercedes van driven by Faghloumi, and a Peugeot driven by Benyermak. Three holdalls in the boot of the Peugeot were found to contain 12kg of the Class B drug.

After further questioning, Faghloumi and Benyermak were arrested on suspicion of being knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion or attempted evasion of the prohibition on importation imposed by section 3(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Both were charged on Sunday 15 August. Faghloumi, a British national of Moroccan origin, was remanded in custody by Portsmouth magistrates the next day and will make his next court appearance on 24 August. Benyermak, who is also British and originally from Morocco, was given bail by the same court. Her next appearance will be on 29 September.

I want to know how Moroccans can so easily become British nationals.

Two other people, aged 27 and 15, were travelling in the car driven by Benyermak. They were arrested and bailed until 25 August.

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Comments
  1. Howard Thomas says:

    Another question might be……is there anyone on the planet that cannot easily become a Britsh national ?

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