Adebayor art used by drug smugglers


Devious drug smugglers tried to conceal cannabis in a painting of footballer Emmanuel Adebayor

Devious drug smugglers tried to conceal cannabis worth almost £3,000 in a painting of footballer Emmanuel Adebayor.

The wooden framed picture was seized by border officials as it passed through the international postal hub in Coventry from the footballer’s native Togo.

Their suspicions may have been raised because the painting of the former Arsenal star was addressed to a home in Tottenham, the team’s north London arch rival.

Details of the ambitious trafficking scam and several others were revealed by UK Border Agency to highlight the cunning ploys of drug traffickers.

Officials intercepted stashes of drugs hidden in bottles of Baileys, woven baskets, packets of peanuts and even yams that had been opened and glued back together.

Other dodgy parcels included glass ornaments in which air pockets had been stuffed with cocaine and a Belfast-bound birthday card holding cocaine worth £40,000.

Brodie Clark, head of Border Force, said the concealed drugs were all found during searches at ports, airports and postal sorting depots last year.

He said: “These smuggling attempts show the lengths that organised criminals will go to in a bid to get drugs into the UK.

“Criminals are prepared to invest large sums of money to come up with ever better concealment methods because they know the potential profits from the awful trade in harmful drugs are considerable.

“However, the smugglers are no match for the skill of our officers and the state-of-the-art technology at their disposal.”

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