NZ help for Heathrow drugs bust accused

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A New Zealander charged with trying to smuggle more than $230,000 worth of methamphetamine into Britain will receive consular help, Foreign Affairs says.

Paul Da'Silva, 57, was arrested on Wednesday after arriving at Heathrow Airport in London on a flight from Dubai, Britain's Home Office said.

About 2kg of methamphetamine worth about £120,000 ($233,876) was allegedly found hidden in his luggage.

Da'Silva made a brief appearance in court on Thursday charged with attempting to import a Class A drug and was remanded in custody until next month.

A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said today it was aware a New Zealander had been arrested.

"We will be extending consular assistance to the New Zealander,'' she said.

- APNZ

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