British law enforcement officers have announced the arrest of two more Americans who allegedly brought cannabis from Los Angeles to London in their checked baggage. This brings the total number of arrests to 11 and the total confiscated amount of cannabis to over 400 kilograms, or about 880 pounds. The arrests took place between January 10th and 17th and British authorities said each seizure amounted to between 30 and 47 kilograms of cannabis. The Americans arrested before Tuesday are Kiara Lanee Malone, Sabrina Desiree Hobby, Zohrab Idzhyan, Anthony Sarkis Hoffman, Ara Janneh, Madani Ba Jr., Dana Ree Freeman, Kerri Marie Hall and Zered Afuhia-I-Moana Akolo. The two most recent arrests include a 34 year old man and a 34 year old woman, however their names have not yet been released.

U.S. to U.K. Marijuana Smuggling on the Rise

The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA) announced that nine people were arrested for the alleged smuggling of more than 340 kilograms, or approximately 750 pounds, of cannabis worth $6.7 million (or £5.5 million). With the newest pair of arrests at Heathrow Airport, the total number of arrests stands at 11 and the total confiscated amount of cannabis is more than 400 kilograms.

UK Law Enforcement Tightening on Smuggling from US

In light of this unusual series of seizures, law enforcement will undoubtedly be paying more attention to passengers on the Los Angeles to London route and stepping up checks. NCA Heathrow Branch Commander Andy Noyes said, “Our investigation into these events continues, but I’m making a direct appeal to anyone considering getting involved in transporting drugs to the UK. Think very carefully about the consequences. It simply isn’t worth the risk.”

It is clear that the drug trade is a global problem, with cannabis being one of the most widely used and trafficked drugs in the world. The arrests made in London highlight the risks that individuals take when they participate in this illegal activity. Not only is it illegal and punishable by law, but it also carries the risk of significant financial losses, as well as potential injury or death. The NCA’s statement serves as a warning to anyone considering getting involved in this type of criminal activity. It is important for individuals to understand the potential consequences of their actions and to think carefully before engaging in illegal activities such as drug trafficking.

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