Blackburn woman, 49, admits drug smuggling
A 49-YEAR-OLD woman has admitted trying to smuggle £800,000 of cocaine into the country.
Jacqueline Millar, of Livingstone Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to being concerned in the importation of a class A drug when she appeared before Croydon Crown Court yesterday.
Millar was arrested by the UK Border Agency after flying into Gatwick Airport from Toronto, Canada, earlier this month.
Officers searched her luggage and found eight kilos of the drug.
Prior to her guilty plea, Millar’s sister talked about her sibling’s arrest, saying she believed she was in the city on holiday.
Louisa Drury, who lives in Oban Drive, Blackburn, said her sister had been planning to move in with her to care for her during her battle with cancer.
The 55-year-old said: “She was supposed to be packing in her job and move in with me so that she could come and help me.
“I have two children with disabilities and live on my own and have no-one else to ask for support.
“She told me that she had finished her job as a pub landlord in Kendal and it made sense for her to move in with me because I’m very poorly at the moment and it would also help me avoid the bedroom tax.
“Last time I saw her was just before she went to Toronto when she came around to have a few drinks and said that she was going on holiday.
“Then she phoned me saying she was in Toronto on August 25.
“I thought was weird because she normally goes to Spanish beaches.
“I just assumed she had gone with a group of girls to spend her back pay from finishing her job “I have never known her to be involved in anything like drugs before. I really don’t know what happened.
“I might never see her again and I just want her to get back up here. I wouldn’t think she would be linked to something like this in a million years.”
Millar is due to be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on October 7.