Coach passenger attempted to bring cocaine to the UK hidden in squash bottles

26 July 2018

A Dutch woman who attempted to bring cocaine worth almost £150,000 into the UK, hidden in bottles of orange juice syrup, has been jailed after an investigation by the National Crime Agency.

Forensic experts found the bottles contained 3.25 kilos of cocaine with an average purity of 69 per cent, worth an estimated £146,340.

Berryl Landveld, 35, was stopped when she arrived at Dover on 9 June 2018 on board a coach from Amsterdam. On searching her suitcase, Border Force officers discovered four one-litre bottles in a carrier bag. The cocaine was mixed in the liquid.

After pleading guilty to importation charges Landveld was sentenced to five years and four months in prison at Canterbury Crown Court on 24 July 2018.

NCA Dover Operational & Financial Investigation Manager, Deborah Cook, said: 

“Drugs fuel violent crime and other criminal activities. Taking an enabler like Landveld out of the equation halts a line of drug supply but also disrupts the wider criminal activity.”

David Smith, Deputy Director of Border Force South East and Europe, said:

“This is another example of how our officers have prevented dangerous Class A drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK.

“Border Force will continue to work with our law enforcement partners, like the NCA, to ensure we do all we can to bring those intending to profit from illegal activity to justice.”

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