Woman jailed for £1 million cocaine smuggling attempt

The cocaine was found in Dawn Sylla's suitcase.
The cocaine was found in Dawn Sylla's suitcase.

A woman has been jailed for more than three years for attempting to smuggle cocaine worth £1 million in her luggage.

Dawn Sylla, 55, originally from Morecambe, was caught by Border Force staff after they received a tip off and carried out an x-ray check of her suitcase at Edinburgh airport.

Inside was uncovered 4.7kg of cocaine in three blocks.

Following examination, the drugs were found to have an estimated street value of £1,081,200.

Sylla was detained and found to have two mobile phones and a notebook containing an entry that she was to meet a man called Michal.

She had flown in from Dakar in Senegal via Brussels on March 4 to visit her daughter in the city.

Sylla, a UK citizen living in Gambia, was sentenced to three years and four months at the High Court in Edinburgh on July 9 after previously pleading guilty to a charge of drug smuggling.

John McGowan from Border Force in Scotland said: “The sentence handed to Sylla should serve as a warning to others thinking of smuggling drugs.

“You will be caught and you will be sent to jail.

“Drug smuggling is a vile trade and ruins lives.

“Border Force officers are on constant alert to stop illegal drugs reaching the streets of Scotland.”

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling can call the smuggling hotline on 0800 59 5000.