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£76,000,000 worth of cocaine found in shipment of bananas in UK port
Around £76 million worth of cocaine has been uncovered in a shipment of bananas destined for Europe.
Officers from Border Force seized nearly a tonne of cocaine hidden among goods at the Port of Southampton.
The Class A drugs, which weighed a total of 946kg, were found during routine inspections today.
They were hidden in a shipping container transported on a commercial vessel from Colombia, thought to have been headed for Antwerp in Belgium.
The cocaine had a potential street value of around £76 million.
Home secretary Priti Patel said: ‘This was drug smuggling on an industrial scale so Im 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.’
Regional director for Border Force South, Tim Kingsberry, 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.’
It comes after around a tonne of cocaine, worth £100,000,000, was found hidden inside pallets of fruit at the Port of Dover in September last year.
And police in Italy were shocked to discover Class A drugs stuffed inside hundreds of individual coffee beans over summer last year.
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