Pregnant war veteran took daughter, 7, on 170,000 European heroin run so she could pretend they had been to Disneyland


Pregnant ex-soldier, 25, took daughter, 7, on 170,000 heroin run to Europe in plot to dupe Customs they had visited Disneyland Naomi Thriepland, 25, was jailed for four years and will have a baby in prisonMother was caught by customs crossing the Channel with 3.4kg of heroin and her child Aiesha beside her
She told officials she had been to Disneyland Paris, but in fact was in Amsterdam collecting the drugsFormer soldier served in Iraq and Afghanistan but quit to spend time with her daughter

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Despite denying she made previous drugs runs to Europe, Thriepland admitted she had made a 'dummy run' a month earlier.

When she was finally caught the drugs were hidden inside the expensive car's soft top while the mother and daughter stayed at an hotel.

The court was told a probe into Thriepland's financial dealings revealed that despite claiming to be paid just 7 an hour for a 15 hour weekly job, 10,500 had been transferred into her bank account.

Mary Jaqcobson, prosecuting, told the court: ''She had her seven-year-old-daughter with her. She said that she had been to Disneyland Paris and that it was a hire car.

'When the car was searched officers found in the the car's roof 3.441 kilos of heroin and 11.9 kilos of cutting agents of caffeine and paracetamol.

'The street value for the drugs was 172,000. They were in separate packages and were subsequently analysed and found to be between 31 and 36 per cent purity.'

Naomi Thriepland

Jailed: Naomi Thriepland tried to smuggle 170,000 drugs into the UK with her daughter Aiesha beside her

Shame: Thriepland quit her life in the army
after serving in Afghanistan and Iraq because she wanted to spend more
time with her daughter

Shame: Naomi Thriepland will now have to have her baby in prison after being jailed for four years this week

Shame: Naomi Thriepland will now have to have her baby in prison after being jailed for four years this week

Mistake: Her defence team said her decision to smuggle drugs was to try to give her daughter a better life

Mistake: Her defence team said her decision to smuggle drugs was to try to give her daughter a better life

Christopher Baur, defending, said Thriepland had agreed to be paid 8,000 for the drugs run.

He told the court she had not acted in 'malice or wickedness but rather stupidity and with an element of greed' and she wanted 'better conditions for her child.'

Mr Baur said: 'She succumbed to the temptation of doing this run for 8,000. She naturally regrets her involvement and she has shown remorse.

'She clearly did not think through the dangers or the harmful effects on potential users of the drugs.

'But she says that she wasn't in the loop so far as those who worked out the run and who paid that sort of money.

'She wasn't involved in putting the drugs into the car. The car was taken away when she was at an hotel in Amsterdam.'