16kgs of cocaine with an estimated street value of £800,000 has been seized at Edinburgh Airport by Lothian and Borders Police.
The amount recovered in yesterday afternoons seizure is thought to be a record for the Edinburgh area.
A Mexican couple, Erindidael Lechuga, 37 and Noe Muchado, 40 will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today charged with being concerned in the supply of the class A drug. The record haul was recovered during a routine luggage search by HM Revenue & Customs.
The couple travelled from Mexico on a connecting flight from Paris along with four children. The children are currently under the care of social services.
Bill Skelly, temporary Deputy Chief Constable of Lothian and Borders Police has praised the work of the force along with HM Revenue & Customs for preventing class A drugs entering Scotland. Mr Skelly said: “This is the largest recovery of cocaine the Force has made to date, and is an excellent example of partnership working between Lothian and Borders Police and HM Revenue & Customs.
“Safe-guarding communities against the scourge of drugs is a priority for Lothian and Borders Police, and our intelligence-led approach has resulted in a rise in the number of class-A seizures in recent years.”
Mr Skelly has also called on the public to be look out for any drug dealing activity going on in their local area:
“Rest assured that we will continue to build upon this success, and we would ask members of the public to play their part by providing us with information on any drug-dealing activity they suspect is taking place in local communities.”