Police seize nearly a TON of cocaine hidden in shipment of bananas

Forbidden fruit! Police seize nearly a TON of cocaine with £76million street value hidden in shipment of bananas at Southampton port

  • Border officers find drugs inside a shipment of bananas during an inspection 
  • The cocaine haul was suspected to have been placed in the cargo in Colombia 
  • Home Secretary says that the find was drugs smuggling on an industrial scale

Cocaine with a street value of £76 million has been seized after being found in a shipment of bananas at Southampton.

The class A drugs were discovered by border officers within a shipping container onboard a ship during a routine inspection.

The cocaine, which weighed a total of 946 kilograms, was suspected to have been placed in the cargo in Colombia and was bound for Antwerp in Belgium.

The class A drugs were discovered by border officers within a shipping container onboard a ship during a routine inspection

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.’

The cocaine, which weighed a total of 946 kilograms, was suspected to have been placed in the cargo in Colombia and was bound for Antwerp in Belgium

Border Force officers discovered the drugs after identifying ‘anomalies’ with the cargo in the container.

Tim Kingsberry, regional director for Border Force South, 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.’

Yes. Just a few months ago in November Border Force officers seized more than a tonne of cocaine with an estimated value of £100million which was hidden in a shipment of banana pulp.

The drugs were discovered as part of routine inspections at the London Gateway depot in Essex, hidden in a shipping container docked at the port. 

Like in this instance, drugs were believed to have been put in the container in Colombia and the haul was intercepted on its way to Belgium.

The drugs were discovered as part of routine inspections at the London Gateway depot in Essex

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