25-year-old Naomi Thriepland from Folkstone in Kent was sentenced to four years in prison yesterday after being caught trying to smuggle an estimated £172,000 worth of heroin at the Channel Tunnel.
She was stopped by customs officials in December 2011 in her BMW with her 7-year-old daughter, and told officials that she was on her way to Disneyland Paris when in fact she had been paid to carry drugs to Amsterdam.
The sentencing judge Heather Norton said:
You made that trip in order to plan the drug smuggling run – and you did what you did for financial gain. More than that, you took your seven-year-old child with you as some kind of family cover putting that child at risk… You have served this country with a number of tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and in perilous positions; so whatever else can be said about you, this was certainly out of character.
She pleaded guilty to smuggling charges and as she is currently pregnant, will be giving birth to her baby whilst serving her sentence.