Tangled web

I was intrigued by this story appearing on the BBC website this morning, about heroin smuggled into the country in carpets.  Not just chucked into packets and rolled up inside the carpets, either, but placed in hollow straws which were then woven into the actual carpet fabric.  That’s ingenuity for you.

What the article doesn’t mention, and what I would love to know, is how the authorities ever found out about it.  I mean, a carpet is a carpet.  You don’t start examining the warp and weft of every rug that comes into the country from abroad.  So, did sniffer dogs raise the alarm, or was the UK Border Force warned or given information about the shipment in advance?  I don’t suppose I’ll ever find out, but what a wonderful basis for a story!


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