Faisal Mahmood, 41, of St Agatha’s Road, Alum Rock, was caught at Heathrow airport trying to smuggle 10 kilos of crystal meth.
Crystal Meth – liquid methamphetamine – was only common in the US but is commonly found everywhere after the series “Breaking bad” became a worldwide smash hit.
Mahmood who arrived from Karachi was stopped by Border Force at Heathrow terminal 3.
During his search Border Force officers became suspicious of the large plastic container.
Mahmood initially said that it is Holy Water which was given to him by someone in Karachi to give it to their relatives in the UK.
A detailed analysis of the water at the lab revealed that it contained 9.82 kilos of crystal meth dissolved in solution. It is believed that the street valve of 10 kilos of meth is around £1.5 Million.
The case was then handed over to National Crime Agency (NCA).
NCA charged Mahmood with attempting to import class A Drug.
Mahmood told the NCA investigators that the reason for his trip to Pakistan was to see his ill Father.
This was second trip to Pakistan with a gap of six days in between, the reason for his previous trip was to visit an ill uncle.
Phil Douglas, Border Force Heathrow Director, said: “It is hard to think of anything further removed from ‘holy water’ than liquid methamphetamine. Mahmood clearly thought that by disguising his illicit cargo in this way he could evade detection, but Border Force officers are trained to expect the unexpected.
“Their efforts prevented a dangerous amount of Class A drugs from reaching our streets.
“We continue to work with our colleagues from the NCA to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.