London: British authorities on Tuesday seized a huge cache of heroin from a Pakistan International Airlines flight at the Heathrow Airport. The TV channel reported that UK’s National Crime Agency has launched an investigation after the seizure of a large quantity of heroin found by Border Force officers aboard a flight from Pakistan at Heathrow on Monday.
“National Crime Agency officers are investigating following the seizure of a large quantity of heroin found by Border Force officers onboard a flight from Pakistan at Heathrow on Monday, May 15. No arrests have been made, enquiries are ongoing,”
Earlier, 13 crew members of PIA PK-785 who had arrived from Islamabad were detained at the Heathrow Airport. The crew members were kept in detention for five hours, and according to UK Border Agency (UKBA) sources, information had been received from Pakistan that there were narcotics onboard the flight.
According to the information, there was a suspicion that the crew might be involved and that narcotics were hidden in different panels and areas of the plane.
The crew was released at 2 AM (GMT) after being questioned but their passports are still held by the UKBA which states that further questioning might take place.
PIA crew alleges false information being given to defame the airline.
In a statement, the Metropolitan police said action against PIA crew members was taken by the UKBA which is directly dealt by the Home Office.
The UKBA added that the PIA has been notified in both Pakistan and in the UK. Both PIA and the NCA confirmed that 30 UKBA agents participated in the operation last night. The agents were equipped with cameras, and conducted live filming to secure evidence, assisted by sniffing dogs who were also brought on the plane.
The operation on the plane continued for three hours , after which the plane was declared clean following the complete removal of heroin.
Original News Source: GEO