Star of viral video with Chanel the African Grey parrot charged over £792k drug haul

What a plot twist.

Daisy Jackson Daisy Jackson - 21st April 2023

The woman who owns Chanel, an African Grey parrot who went viral in 2020 after she went missing, has been charged over a £792k cannabis haul.

Sandra Hannah, 43, and 55-year-old Ian Hannah have been charged with the importation of 237.6kg of cannabis resin from Spain.

Sandra first became something of an internet sensation back in the first Covid lockdown, when her pet parrot Chanel escaped.

She posted a livestream video in which she famously shouted down the streets: “CHANELLLLLL. CHANEELLLLLL. Please my parrot’s gone. She’s an African Grey, her name’s Chanel.”

Such was Sandra’s viral fame, she even went on to host ‘Hun Brunch’ events around the country.


But now the Liverpool Echo has reported that she and one other adult have been charged with drug offences.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “Over the past two days there has been a joint operation between Operation Pelican, Sefton Investigations Team and the National Crime Agency which has resulted in two adults being charged with the importation of 237.6kg of cannabis resin from Spain.


“This has been valued at approximately £792,000.

“Ian Hannah, 55, and Sandra Hannah, 43, of Cumberland Gate, Netherton have both been charged with importation of cannabis and possession of criminal property.

“Hannah and Hannah have been remanded and will appear before the magistrates’ court this morning.”

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