London, Jan 11 (Agencies): What do bottles of Baileys, woven baskets and a painting of footballer Emmanuel Adebayor have in common?  They are all places where officers from the UK Border Agency found drugs hidden during searches at ports, airports
and postal sorting offices across the country in 2010.


"These smuggling attempts show the lengths that organised criminals will go to in a bid to get drugs into the UK," Brodie Clark, head of border force, said."Criminals are prepared to invest large sums of money to come up with ever better concealment methods because they know the potential profits from the awful trade in harmful drugs are considerable," she said.

"However, the smugglers are no match for the skill of our officers and the state-of-the-art technology at their disposal," she added.  March 16, more than a kilo of cocaine, with an estimated street value of 270,000 pounds, was found concealed
in packets of peanuts and cashew nuts.


 The drugs arrived on a freight flight to Gatwick airport from Jamaica.  The discovery led to the arrest of 50-year-old Neville Emmanuel Williams from the West Midlands, who pleaded guilty to smuggling and was jailed for seven years.


 One kilo of cannabis, with a street value of 2,850, was found concealed within a wooden framed painting of footballer Emmanuel Adebayor at Coventry International Postal
Hub on 29 June. The painting was sent from Togo and was destined for
an address in North London.