A mum-of-one sparked a huge drugs alert after customs officers thought packs of WASHING POWDER she was shipping back to Jamaica – was COCAINE.
Sharon Jaddoo, 44, spent months packing 80 kilo drums with items to send to her disabled 77-year-old aunt in Kingston.
However, when the shipment arrived in the Caribbean customs officers pounced, believing it to be a cache of smuggled Class A drugs.
Drugs teams tore apart four packs of Surf and Prudax washing powder as well as TEA BAGS in the fruitless search for the stash.
The package for her Aunt Mavis was eventually delivered to her in the Jamaican capital – but with many of the items ruined.
Sharon said she has now been left hundreds of pounds out of pocket due to her goods being damaged by ‘jobsworth’ drugs officials.
Sharon, from Handsworth, Birmingham, fumed: “I was so shocked, I have been left totally out of pocket.
“I found out they had ruined both the packages, all the liquids had been slashed, there were things missing, it was just awful.
“My aunt is an old lady, she is blind in her left eye and her right one isn’t very good either, she needed these products because she can’t afford them and Jamaica is a very expensive place to live.
“It is stupid that you can suggest that soap powder and washing up liquid was drugs.
“I just can’t believe how this has happened.
“I don’t understand how they can be so stupid. It’s not like I’d put them in clear plastic bags – they were in their original boxes.
“Maybe check one or two things, but to search through everything was ludicrous.
“They were just being jobsworth idiots.
“I tend to send things to my aunt every six to eight months, although I will have to find another company to do this with now.”
Ms Jaddoo has already argued her case with the shipping company who she she paid #370 to make the overseas delivery.
Swift Connections claim it was Sharon’s fault her groceries were seized, claiming she should have packed the items with greater care.
The firm have offered her a £200 ‘goodwill’ gesture but she is still demanding compensation for items including cooking oil, rice, custard and toothpaste.
She added: ““I did get a £200 cheque, but that just doesn’t cover it, to send the four barrels is £100 alone, that is without the price of the items inside.
“In total I have lost around four or five hundred pounds.
“I believe it is their fault because I paid the company to ship the package door to door and I did not get this service.”
Ms Jaddoo is seeking compensation for:
Six bags of rice.
Ten packs of crackers.
Ten packs of ginger nuts.
Ten packs of rich tea buscuits.
A large bottle of cooking oil.
One bag of handsoap.
Six packets of tooth-paste.
Six large packets of roasted peanuts.
Six large packets of salted nuts.
One case of custard.
Six handwash packets.
Three large bottles of washing up liquid.
Six bottles of Detol.
Ten boxes of teabags.
Two big bags of sugar.