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Plane crazy Brazilian student risked death by swallowing 100 packets of cocaine worth €90,300

Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro (30), who is originally from Macapá, has been jailed after he was caught with the cocaine worth around £80,000 (€90,381) the day before Christmas.

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Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro

Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro

Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro

A student from Brazil risked death when he swallowed around 100 packages containing cocaine, totalling around a kilo in weight, in an attempt to smuggle them into the UK. 

Luan Irving Dos Santos Monteiro (30), who is originally from Macapá, has been jailed after he was caught with the cocaine worth around £80,000 (€90,381) the day before Christmas.

He was initially detained by Border Force officers at Heathrow Terminal 4 after an x-ray revealed the packages when he got off a flight from São Paulo.

He was then questioned by National Crime Agency investigators following his interception at Heathrow on 24 December 2020.

A judge at Isleworth Crown Court sentenced him to four years and two months in prison after he was charged with attempting to import class A drugs on Christmas Day.

NCA Heathrow operations manager Ian Truby said this was an incredibly dangerous smuggling method.

“Had any one of those packages split then the consequences could have been fatal,” he said. “Organised crime groups need drugs mules like Dos Santos Monteiro to bring their illicit substances into the UK.

“His was an important link in the chain from the producers and cartels in South America to the UK street gangs who sell these drugs.”

He added: “At every level throughout that chain we see criminals engaged in violence and exploitation, which is why we are doing everything we can to target the networks involved in international drug trafficking.”

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