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A Briton has been charged with smuggling heroin worth $10m (pounds 6.5m) after United States customs inspectors found 28lbs of the drug concealed in wood carvings. Steven Bristow, 33, from Essex, had been charged with smuggling the drug, which was seized at John F Kennedy Airport, New York.

Mr Bristow was detained after inspectors took a closer look at two wooden wall carvings that he brought into the US on a Virgin Atlantic flight from London. The seizure was "one of the top five, maybe the top three" drugs finds in New York in recent years, said Thomas Smith, deputy special agent in charge of the customs service's New York office. Mr Smith said the amount seized could lead to sentences of 15 to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $4m (pounds 2.6m).