MANCHESTER: An airline steward who smuggled heroin on a plane while working in business class has been jailed for eight years. Zohaab Sadique, 30, of Broadway, Oldham,flew to Dubai on an Emirates Airline flight and picked up the drugsin January last year. He smuggled them back on the return flight to Manchester and was caught at the city’s airport.
On Tuesday, Sadique pleaded guilty at ManchesterCrownCourt to importing a Class A drug. The court heard Sadique was caught with 1kg (2lb) of heroin at Manchester Airport when Border Force officers and a detector dog carried out checks on the cabin crew, including a search ofthe bus that transferred them from the plane to the terminal. The officers found a white carrier bag with five clear bags of brown powder stuffed behind Sadique’sseat, while CCTV cameras caught him hiding the bag on board the bus. Jon Hughes, operations manager at the National Crime Agency, said: “Zohaab Sadique attempted to use his privileged access and knowledge of the systems in place at the airport for criminal purposes.”Corrupt insiders like him are very dangerous people,” he added. He smuggled a kilo of heroin on-board a Manchesterbound business class flight from Dubai.
Zohaab Sadique served champagne, cocktails, and canapes to customers of the highend airline, who have the use of a luxury onboard lounge and touchscreen-operated flat-bed reclining seats – while knowing he had £100,000 of drugs stuffed behind his own chair. The 30-year-old, from Oldham, was caught after the doubledecker A380 landed. He thought his knowledge of the systems and checksin place would protect him from capture after he picked up the drugs in Dubai. But officers from the Border Force swooped and searched the bus which transferred the cabin crew from the plane to the terminal. CCTV from the vehicle captured Sadique desperately trying to hide the bag from officers, but he was sniffed out by dogs.