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A UK court has sentenced a drug smuggler who swallowed over 1kg of cocaine worth an estimated £80,000 to 4 years imprisonment. Henry Michael Penijn, 36, who lived in the Netherlands with no fixed abode, was investigated by the UK National Crime Agency after flying from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, into Gatwick Airport on 12 December 2020. Shortly after being stopped by Border Force, Penijn admitted that he had swallowed more than 90 packages of cocaine, though he gave no explanation as to why he’d done it. After having the drugs tested, NCA investigators found the cocaine was 64% pure, and would have been worth in excess of £80,000 if cut and sold on British streets. Penijn appeared at... Full story

22 January