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Thursday, 11 April, 2002, 10:46 GMT 11:46 UK
Teenage drug smuggling case adjourned
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The case against a 13-year-old girl accused of smuggling heroin valued at almost 1m through an airport was adjourned on Thursday.

The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, did not appear before magistrates at Manchester Youth Court.

She has been charged with illegally importing a controlled drug after being arrested by police at Manchester Airport on Monday when she stepped off a flight from Islamabad in Pakistan.

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

Magistrates agreed with Philip Hicks, prosecuting, and Mary Monson, defending, that the case should be adjourned until next Thursday.

The 13-year-old girl, who has a British passport and is believed to have family links in Bradford, West Yorkshire, was remanded into the care of Bradford social services.

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