British authorities confirmed Tuesday that their Border Force officers had found a “quantity of heroin” on board a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight that landed at Heathrow Airport Monday.
The authorities further said National Crime Agency officials were investigating the case after the seizure of narcotics from the plane.
“No arrests have been made, enquiries are ongoing,” said an official associated with the agency.
Earlier in the day, PIA spokesperson Mashhood Tajwar had confirmed that British authorities had “thoroughly searched” and detained the flight crew after they landed at Heathrow Airport.
Flight 785 from Islamabad to London had landed at 2:50pm Monday. Upon landing, as passengers disembarked, the flight crew and aircraft were searched by the authorities, the spokesperson said.
Fourteen crew members were released after being detained for nearly two hours by British authorities, Tajwar added.
“We have not been informed as to why was the crew detained,” Tajwar had initially said, adding that the flight had since returned to Pakistan at 11:30 am Tuesday.
Commenting on the drug bust, he said that PIA had not been informed in writing or verbally about any such development.
“Our operations in the UK are running smoothly and every thing is fine,” he added.