Zohaab Sadique, 30, a former flight steward for Emirates has been locked up for eight years for trying to smuggle £100,000 worth of Class A drugs (Heroin) in to Manchester Airport.
Sadique of Oldham, picked up 2lbs of heroin from Dubai and and flew to Manchester airport where he was taken into custody.
When he arrived at Manchester airport, Border Force officers and drug sniffer dogs did a search on the cabin crew. The bus was also searched which transferred the cabin crew from the plane to the terminal.
Five bags of Class A drugs were found behind the seat of Sadique, furthermore a CCTV footage shows him hiding the bag on the bus.
The investigation was taken on by the National Crime Agency after many pictures of heroin were found on Sadique’s phone.
He pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown court and was sentenced to serve eight years behind bars.
NCA operations manager Jon Hughes, said: ”Zohaab Sadique attempted to use his privileged access and knowledge of the systems in place at the airport for criminal purposes.
”Corrupt insiders like him are very dangerous people, and provide an important service to the organised criminal networks involved in smuggling drugs and other illicit commodities into the UK. This is why tackling corruption at the border is such a priority for us.
”The close partnership between the NCA and Border Force was crucial to this investigation, and by putting Sadique behind bars we have protected the public”.
Deputy Director Paul Airlie, said: ”The expertise of Border Force officers – and our detector dogs – stopped a significant amount of dangerous drugs reaching our streets and was the crucial first step in bringing Sadique to justice.
”This case shows that there is no one type of drug smuggler and Border Force officers need to remain vigilant at all times to prevent illegal importations, no matter how well they are concealed or who by.
”We will continue working closely with our law enforcement partners like the NCA to tackle drug smuggling and bring those responsible to justice”.