UK women arrested in Jamaica with drugs in wigs

Tue Sep 16, 2008 10:32am EDT
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LONDON, Sept 16 (Reuters Life!) - Two British women have been arrested trying to board a plane in Jamaica after drugs were discovered hidden in wigs they were wearing, British customs officials said on Tuesday.

The women, aged 17 and 20, were attempting to board a flight to London when customs officers found 5 pounds (2.3 kg) of cocaine, worth 175,000 pounds ($312,200) stitched into their wigs.

Customs officials said the women had been on holiday in Jamaica for two weeks and told police they were paid 4,000 pounds to smuggle the drugs into Britain.

Under Operation Airbridge, launched in 2002, British and Jamaican authorities work together to try to catch drug couriers before they board flights to Britain.

(Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by Steve Addison)