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Tuesday, 9 April, 2002, 19:08 GMT 20:08 UK
Teenager held over heroin haul
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A 13-year-old girl has been charged with smuggling heroin valued at almost 1m through Manchester Airport.

The teenager was arrested after stepping off a flight from Pakistan.

Customs officers recovered 13 kilograms of heroin, with a street value of 910,000.

Matthew King, a Customs and Excise spokesman, said: "She appears to have been travelling alone."

British national

The girl, who has not been named, is accused of illegally importing a controlled drug and bailed into the care of social services in West Yorkshire, where she said she had relatives.

She will appear before magistrates in Manchester on Thursday.

Alison O'Sullivan, acting director of Bradford Council's social services department, said: "We can confirm that a 13-year-old girl has been taken into the care of Bradford Council social services."

The flight on which the girl was travelling touched down at Manchester Airport at 1600 BST on Monday.

It had come from the Pakistan capital Islamabad.

It is understood the drugs were found in the compartment of a suitcase.

Mr King said: "I can confirm she is a British national.

"She was charged by the airport police."

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