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Man smuggled cocaine through Airport in golden duck

A man has admitted trying to smuggle cocaine into Britain with the help of a golden duck statue.

Aldo Alushi, 29, was arrested after Border Force officers at Stansted Airport x-rayed a package on a flight from Cali, Colombia.

The wooden box contained a hollow gold-coloured statue of a duck, which showed a number of irregularities.

Officers drilled holes into it and a pink sticky substance leaked out. A drugs test confirmed a positive result for cocaine.

When extracted, the substance would have been broken down into the powdered form of the Class A drug.

The National Crime Agency traced the package to an address in Harlow, Essex, where they arrested Alushi.

A search of the Albanian national’s rented bedroom led to the discovery of five mobile phones and a variety of identity documents in different names.

The duck statue that was laced with cocaine - seized at Stansted airport. A man has admitted to attempting to smuggle class A drugs into the UK - in a drug-laced golden duck. See SWNS story SWBRduck. Alushi, 29, from Albania, has confessed to smuggling Class A drugs into the UK after a duck statue - laced with cocaine - was seized at Stansted Airport. The National Crime Agency launched an investigation last month, when Border Force officers x-rayed a suspect package that had arrived on a flight from Cali, in Colombia. The package - a wooden box containing a hollow gold-coloured duck statue - showed a number of irregularities that led officers to drill holes into it. When a pink sticky substance leaked out, a drugs test was performed which showed a positive result for cocaine. The substance was found laced within the whole material of the duck, which when extracted would have been broken down into the powdered version of the drug. On 7 January, NCA officers tracked the package to an address in Milwards, Harlow, where they arrested 29-year-old Aldo Alushi from Albania.
The duck statue was laced with cocaine (Picture: NCA/SWNS)

Alushi had been living illegally in the UK and initially said the statue did not belong to him.

He said he was receiving the parcel on behalf of another Albanian man who helped him get in the country.

But at Chelmsford Crown Court, Alushi changed his tune, pleading guilty to importing drugs. He is due to be sentenced next month.

NCA branch commander Lydia Bloomfield said: ‘This is certainly one of the most unusual attempts to smuggle drugs we’ve seen, and it shows the lengths that organised crime groups are willing to go in an attempt to avoid detection.

‘The cocaine trade fuels significant further criminality, most notably serious violence, both upstream where the drug is sourced and here on the streets of the UK.

‘Our work with partners like Border Force is key to disrupting class A supply chains and dismantling those groups behind the trade.’

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