40 years catching smugglers

A fascinating insight into how Customs Officers select passengers who they think might be carrying drugs. Just what is it they are looking for? What are the tell-tale signs? How do the guilty ones give themselves away?

Malcolm Nelson worked for 40 years for HM Customs and Excise. He worked on every aspect of catching smugglers. He was mainly based at Heathrow but he also spent time at London Port, Dover, St Petersburg (Russia), Malta, and at most major airports throughout the EU.

He is credited with the largest quantity of drugs by weight ever found in a single suitcase. Forty two kilos of compressed herbal cannabis concealed inside plantains that had been scooped out and sewn back together again. Then left to rot.