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Colombian cocaine worth £40 million discovered in UK banana shipment

Colombian cocaine worth £40 million discovered in UK banana shipment

Cocaine worth £40 million has been found within a shipment of bananas at a port on the Thames. The National Crime Agency said officers seized more than half a tonne of the Class A drug on a boat travelling from Colombia, after it was intercepted at London Gateway, a port three miles west of Canvey Island on the Essex coast.

Hundreds of large cocaine slabs were found wedged alongside bananas in cardboard boxes on the ship, which was en route to the Netherlands, on Tuesday. The NCA said the haul would have had a UK street value of more than £40 million once cut and sold.

Agency branch operations manager Adam Berry described the discovery as a “huge blow” to the peddlers. “Taking out a consignment of this size will have been a huge blow to the criminal network involved in this shipment, preventing them from making millions of pounds that would have been invested in further criminality, » he said.

“Class A drugs are peddled by gangs involved in violence and exploitation in our communities. The NCA works hard with partners to stop drugs getting that far, and making seizures like this demonstrate how we can break that link between international drug cartels and street-level dealers.”



The cocaine worth £40 million that was discovered smuggled within a batch of bananas at a port on the Thames

The cocaine worth £40 million that was discovered smuggled within a batch of bananas at a port on the Thames

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