MULTIPLE award-winning Senegalese musician Youssou N’dour has been arrested at London Heathrow’s Airport for trying to smuggle 20 kilograms of cocaine hidden in two bags of coffee inside his suitcase, authorities said on Thursday.
Customs and Border Protection police officers searched his suitcase upon suspicion and found a plastic coffee bag containing white powder, officials said.
He was taken to a private search room, where the officers found a second bag full of powder. Both tested positive for cocaine.
The estimated value of the cocaine is more than £2.5 million, officials said.
Youssou N’dour was arrested and handed off to Port Authority police. He will be prosecuted by the Queens District Attorney on drug smuggling charges.
“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United Kingdom from the distribution of illicit drugs,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s London Field Operations.