British scientist Paul Frampton stopped at airport in Buenos Aires with two kilos of cocaine in suitcase
British scientist Paul Frampton stopped at airport in Buenos Aires with two kilos of cocaine in suitcaseReuters

An air hostess has been charged with attempting to smuggle nearly 9lb (4kg) of cocaine into Britain.

Nigerian national Chinwendu Uwakaonyenma Ogbonnaya, 30, was arrested on Sunday following the discovery of the drugs in an item of luggage, a UK Border Agency spokesman said.

She had arrived at Heathrow Terminal 4 on an Arik Air flight from Lagos in Nigeria.

She was charged with attempting to import a Class A substance, and was expected to appear before Uxbridge magistrates.

Marc Owen, director of UKBA operations at Heathrow, said: "UK Border Agency officers are on constant alert 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep Class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

"We are determined to prevent this terrible trade which can have such a destructive impact on the lives of so many."