Woman jailed for bid to smuggle drugs through Edinburgh Airport

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A WOMAN caught trying to bring high purity cocaine with a street price of more than a million pounds through Edinburgh Airport was jailed for 40 months today.

Dawn Sylla, 55, claimed she had come from West Africa to visit a daughter in the city but an x-ray of her suitcase revealed her hidden secret.

Three taped blocks of cocaine were found which had the potential to produce £1,081,200 worth of the Class A drug in one gramme deals on the streets because of its quality, said advocate depute David Taylor, prosecuting.

First offender Sylla admitted being concerned in the fraudulent evasion of the ban on importing controlled drugs.

She was stopped at Edinburgh Airport on March 4 this year after arriving on a flight from Brussels after travelling there from Dakar, in Senegal.

Mr Taylor told the court that the UK Border Agency had been tipped off to expect her.

She went through the green “nothing to declare” channel carrying a bag and suitcase.

Border Agency officers intercepted her for questioning.

The contents of her case were emptied out and a hidden item was was pierced to reveal a powder which gave a positive reaction for cocaine.

Sylla, a British passport holder, originally from Morecambe, in Lancashire, was detained and found to have two mobile phones and a notebook containing an entry that she was to meet a man called ‘Michal’.

Mr Taylor said a total of 4.7 kilos of cocaine in three blocks was found, but each was between 55 and 59 per cent pure.

The prosecutor said: “In the source country the purchase price of cocaine is relatively low and it rises as it moves along the global chain of supply.”