London, Jan 3 (UNI) If you thought that hollowed-out coat hangers, shoes, clothes, tins of juice, rum bottles and toiletries were great lengths to which traffickers go to smuggle drugs, wait till you find a new item of underwear- plunderbra adding another level to it.
Recently, a slim but busty woman was stopped as she tried to enter Britain by custom officers who found secret pouches placed in each cup of her lingerie containing up to 50,000 pounds worth of cocaine.
It could be discovered only after the trafficker was strip-searched or asked to go through a scanner.
Details of the methods used by drugs traffickers emerged as two British schoolgirls prepare to be sentenced in Ghana for trying to smuggle 300,000 pounds of cocaine into London.
Yatunde Diya and Yasemin Vatansever, both 16, are expected to be sentenced to up to three years in youth detention this month.
They were held trying to board a British Airways flight to Heathrow carrying two bags containing a large amount of cocaine.
''One of the most significant trends concerns the amount of drugs being imported from Ghana,'' The Daily Mail quoted a spokesman for Revenue and Customs as saying.
The most dangerous technique still involved the trafficker swallowing vast quantities of cocaine to avoid detection.
One recent case involved a smuggler from Nigeria consuming 100 plastic bags shaped like cocktail sausages, each containing 12 grams of cocaine with a total street value of 60,000 pounds.
Had even one burst open in the smuggler's stomach, the consequences would have been dire.
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