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Almost A Tonne Of Cocaine Worth £76 Million Seized In UK

Almost A Tonne Of Cocaine Worth £76 Million Seized In UK

Almost a tonne of cocaine has been found hidden among bananas at the Port of Southampton.

The 946kg haul of the Class A drug is estimated to be worth around £76 million.

There was almost a tonne of coke hidden among the bananas. Credit: Border Force
There was almost a tonne of coke hidden among the bananas. Credit: Border Force

It was found hidden among bananas on a commercial vessel docked at the port last Friday (15 January).

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The cocaine packets are thought to have been placed inside the banana boxes in Colombia, with the shipment bound for Antwerp, Belgium.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "This was drug smuggling on an industrial scale so I'm delighted that Border Force officers have prevented such a large quantity of dangerous goods from reaching our streets.

"Drugs devastate communities, line the pockets of serious criminals, and are a serious driver of the violence which ruin young lives right across the country.

"We are sending a strong signal to criminals in the UK and abroad seeking to smuggle drugs into or through the UK: your efforts will fail and we will use every part of our law enforcement powers to stop drugs from coming into the UK."

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Priti Patel said the bust sent a 'strong signal'. Credit: Border Force
Priti Patel said the bust sent a 'strong signal'. Credit: Border Force

The cocaine was discovered after officers noticed a number of anomalies within the cargo during a routine inspection.

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Tim Kingsberry, a regional director for Border Force, said: "This significant seizure has removed a large amount of dangerous drugs from the streets, which not only reduces the significant harm they cause to communities but also makes a huge dent in the profits of smugglers."

Police have not yet said if any arrests have been made in connection with the bust.

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Last month, a workman stumbled upon a stash of cocaine worth £15,000 ($20,000) while installing an electricity meter.

The worker was fitting the meter at a property in South Shields, UK, on Thursday 3 December when he discovered plastic bags of white powder.

He called the police and officers subsequently discovered other drug paraphernalia, such as a set of scales, with much of the drug portioned into smaller quantities.

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An investigation was launched and a 39-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled drug with the intent to supply.

Police praised the workman for his course of action upon discovering the drugs.

Inspector Phil Baker said: "This was an excellent discovery by a member of the public who was carrying out a job at an address when he stumbled across a significant amount of drugs.

"He absolutely did the right thing by picking up the phone and I would like to thank him personally for his intervention. His decision has helped keep these drugs out of the hands of some of the most vulnerable people in our community."

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Topics: UK News, crime, Drugs

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