10/01/2014 08:59 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

Private Daryl Archer, UK Soldier, Arrested On Drug Smuggling Charges

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Aircraft stand parked on the tarmac at departure and arrival gates as construction work continues on the new Terminal 2 building, left, at London Heathrow Airport, in this aerial photograph looking west over London, U.K., on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Heathrow, which has two runways and is home to British Airways, was shortlisted alongside single-runway London Gatwick as suitable for expansion in an interim report from the state-appointed Airports Commission. Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

A serving British soldier has been charged with trying to smuggle 11lb (5kg) of cocaine through Heathrow Airport.

Private Daryl Archer, 26, based at the Colchester barracks in Essex, was arrested at Terminal One as he arrived back from Brazil.


The soldier, who is with 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, was arrested on Wednesday.

He is due to appear at Isleworth Court in Greater London later this month.

A single charge of attempting to import the class A drug into the country has been made against him.

Archer is due to appear at Isleworth Crown Court in Greater London later this month and he was remanded in custody until the next hearing.