Cannabis found inside Adebayor painting

Published Jan. 6, 2011 6:15 p.m. ET

British customs officials have seized cannabis worth almost 3,000 pounds ($4,600) found inside a painting of Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor posted from his native Togo.

The UK Border Agency says the wooden-framed picture of the west African nation's most famous player was intercepted at an international postal hub in Coventry.

The painting was addressed to a home in Tottenham. Adebayor used to play nearby for Tottenham's fierce north London rival Arsenal.

Agency head Brodie Clark says the unusual package showed "the lengths that organized criminals will go to in a bid to get drugs into the UK."