British authorities have seized £40 million worth of cocaine on a boat at a port on the Thames, the drugs had been smuggled from Colombia and were concealed in a banana shipment.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) said that their officers had seized over half a tonne of cocaine on a boat that had arrived from Colombia at London Gateway on the Essex coast, southeast England. Authorities intercepted the shipment on Tuesday as it was en route to the Netherlands. Hundreds of large bricks of cocaine were stacked inside cardboard boxes, hidden amongst bananas.
The NCA said in a statement that the shipment would have had a street value in the UK of over £40 million.
Adam Berry, NCA branch operations manager, said the seizure was a "huge blow" to the drug traffickers. He said: "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. "Class A Drugs are pedalled 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."