By Sarah Keane • 06 December 2020 • 15:51
COCAINE worth £100million seized on banana shipment seized in UK port
It all went bananas at the London Gateway depot in Thurrock, Essex on November 12 as £100million worth of cocaine – over a tonne – was discovered in a shipment of fruit pulp arriving from Columbia, according to the Home Office.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Drugs fuel criminality and destroy lives.
“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.”
This shipment, weighing a total of 1,060kg, is thought to have been destined for Antwerp in Belgium. Another massive haul of 1,155kg was seized in the same port on the Thames Estuary in September, also headed for Antwerp.
NCA branch commander Jacque Beer said:
“While the UK wasn’t the end destination for either shipment, it is likely that at least a proportion would have ended up being sold on our streets”.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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