Jail for Portsmouth man found with suitcase full of cannabis at Edinburgh Airport

Henry Alden from Portsmouth was found with a suitcase full of cannabis at Edinburgh airport
Henry Alden from Portsmouth was found with a suitcase full of cannabis at Edinburgh airport
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A brazen drug smuggler has been jailed after he was caught trying to fly into 
the UK with nothing but cannabis worth £110,000 in his suitcase.

Henry Alden, who is from Portsmouth, was stopped by Border Force officers as he stepped off a flight from Barcelona into Edinburgh Airport.

They searched the 20-year-old’s checked-in luggage and found nothing but 11 bags of herbal cannabis – weighing 12 kilos.

The only other belongings he had in his possession was a small plastic bag for hand luggage, containing clothes and a phone charger.

Alden, who had made several trips abroad in previous months, has now been jailed for three years and eight months.

A court heard he answered every question from officers of the National Crime Agency with ‘no comment’ but they discovered her flew to Spain from Luton just days earlier.

He had also flown from Prestwick, Birmingham and Bristol in the months before his arrest on May 19 2015.

Alden admitted drug importation charges at Edinburgh High Court.

John McGowan, head of the NCA’s border investigation team at the Scottish Crime Campus in Gartcosh, said: ‘This was a brazen attempt to smuggle thousands of pounds of illegal drugs into Scotland.

‘While Alden’s method may not have been very sophisticated, he was a professional courier.

‘We continue to work with Border Force and other law enforcement partners to tackle those who attempt to bring illegal substances into the UK, and to disrupt the organised crime groups behind such trafficking.’

Murdo MacMillan, Head of Border Force Scotland, added: ‘Seizures like this demonstrate how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

‘Drug smuggling is a 
serious offence and those convicted of it face prison.’