Sunday, 14 December 2014

Tortured Iranian Smuggled Pain-Killing Opium Through Heathrow

A Leicester man, caught stepping off a plane at Heathrow Airport with opium, which he claims is his DIY pain relief solution for back trouble, has received a suspended prison sentence.

Abdul Farhadpour, 45, of Rowanberry Avenue, Braunstone Frith pleaded guilty to importing 70.4 gms of the drug in Terminal Three on May 25 and received six months imprisonment, suspended for eighteen months.

Isleworth Crown Court heard he suffered the injury when tortured in his native Iran.

He suffers pain when working and supports his wife and child, who live in Iran,” Farhadpour's lawyer Mr. Zaki Hashmi said.

Recorder Michael Evans QC told the defendant: “You were travelling through Terminal Three and were stopped. After initially not telling the truth about the drugs found on you, you admitted they were for your own use.

This court cannot allow people to import Class A drugs through an airport in this way. You knew the risks.

I have no doubt this is the first and last time you will appear in a criminal court. You have shown considerable remorse.”

Farhadpour was also ordered to perform 100 hours community service work and pay an £80 victim surcharge.

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