Drugs ‘mule’ arrest

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A WIGAN hairdresser has admitted trying to smuggle an estimated £200,000 worth of cocaine into the UK.

Nneka Fazackerley, 35, of Wigan Lower Road in Standish Lower Ground, was arrested by UK Border Agency officers after flying into Gatwick Airport from St Lucia on Sunday.

Approximately 5kg of cocaine were found inside four plastic containers in an item of luggage.

Among the packaging in which the substances were hidden included a tin of powdered milk and another of iced tea.

The 35-year-old had flown in from the West Indies on Sunday, and had been due to travel on to Manchester when she was arrested at Gatwick’s North Terminal, along with a man who was travelling with her.

During questioning, she told officials she was a hairdresser at a salon in Wigan.

Fazackerley was charged with attempting to import a class A substance, and at her first appearance before magistrates in Crawley, West Sussex, yesterday, she pleaded guilty.

She was remanded in custody, having been committed for sentencing at Croydon Crown Court, due to take place in four to six weeks.

A 20-year-old man arrested at the same time as Fazackerley has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Simon Eglesfield, assistant director at the UK Border Agency at Gatwick, said: “UK Border Agency officers are on constant alert to keep class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.”