Tax services, Border Guard intercept smuggled heroin

Over 11 kilogrammes of heroin, worth nearly PLN 4.5 mln (EUR 1.05 mln) were seized by Polish tax and customs services officers and the Border Guard at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport in October.

Drugs were found in the baggage of a UK traveller flying from Doha, Qatar, to Warsaw, the National Revenue Administration (KAS) announced on Thursday.

The luggage of a 51-year-old British man was checked by specially trained dogs, which were not deceived by strong smelling exotic spices placed in the suitcases.

The officers decided to conduct a search of the baggage after an x-ray control showed that the suitcases had a double bottom. Eight packets wrapped in tape and foil were found and the drug test showed them to contain heroin.

According to experts about 25,000 portions could have been made from around 11 kilogrammes of heroin found in the luggage. The man was temporarily arrested for three months and may face prison time for 3 to 15 years for smuggling.

A spokeswoman for the Nadwiślański Border Guard Unit stated that the heroin was intended to hit the market in one of the EU member states.

KAS added that this was the second recent attempt to smuggle heroin through Chopin Airport. In early October, officers from KAS Masovian branch seized more than 8.5 kg of the substance, also hidden in the double bottoms of the suitcases of two travelers.