Cocaine worth £184m found hidden in banana shipment from Colombia

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice says it found packages of cocaine with a street value of nearly $18 million inside a shipment of bananas

It is one of the UK’s largest seizures of the Class A drug, the Metropolitan Police say.

Concealed under a layer of Bananas

Around 2.3 tonnes of cocaine worth £184m has been found hidden in a shipment of bananas from Colombia

Ten men, aged between 21 and 56, were arrested following an armed raid at an industrial estate in Tottenham, north London, on Thursday after the delivery of 41 pallets.

The cocaine had already been removed by Border Force officers at Portsmouth International Port on Sunday, after the consignment arrived on a cargo ship from Columbia the previous day.

The National Crime Agency, which carried out the investigation with the Metropolitan Police‘s Organised Crime Partnership, said the drugs could have been worth £184 million if sold on UK streets

Met Police Detective Superintendent Simon Moring said the operation had “resulted in one of the UK’s biggest ever seizures of cocaine – around 2.3 tonnes.”

“This significant seizure means that these dangerous drugs cannot reach the streets of London and beyond, where they have the potential to cause great harm to people and communities,” he said

John Coles, head of specialist operations at the NCA, said: “The numbers here speak for themselves; this is a massive seizure which has denied organised criminals hundreds of millions in profits, and is the result of a targeted investigation conducted jointly by the NCA and Met Police.

“The NCA is focused on disrupting the organised crime groups posing the most significant risk to the UK, which includes those involved in class A drug supply.”

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