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Cocaine worth £100m found in banana shipment from Colombia at UK port

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More than a tonne of cocaine worth about £100million was found hidden in a shipment of banana pulp from Colombia, the British Home Office reveals.

According to Mirror “Border Force officers discovered the concealed drugs, which were destined for the streets of Europe, during a routine inspection at the London Gateway depot in Thurrock, Essex last month”.

A total of 1,060 kilograms of cocaine were found hidden in a shipping container docked at the port on the Thames Estuary.

It is thought that the drugs were put in the cargo in Colombia – the world’s leading supplier of cocaine – and were due to arrive in Antwerp, Belgium.

The discovery on November 12 marks the second-largest shipment of cocaine to be discovered at the Essex port in the space of two months.

The British Home Secretary Priti Patel was quoted as saying: “Drugs fuel criminality and destroy lives.

“Class A drugs such as cocaine inflict unimaginable damage on to our citizens and communities, shattering lives and stoking obscene levels of violence, disorder and crime.

It is thought that the drugs were put in the cargo in Colombia (Image: PA)

“This significant seizure of drugs sends a stark message to criminals in the UK and abroad seeking to smuggle drugs into or through the UK: you will not succeed and we will use every inch of our law enforcement powers to track down and stop drugs from coming into the UK.”

In September, Border Force National Deep Rummage Team officers discovered 1,155 kilograms of cocaine in a shipment of paper also bound for Antwerp.

 

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