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Record haul Cocaine worth €110 million hidden in banana pulp shipment seized in UK

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Cocaine packages. Photo Credit: Home Office

Cocaine packages. Photo Credit: Home Office

Cocaine packages. Photo Credit: Home Office

THIS is the haul of cocaine worth £100m (€100m) which has been found in a banana pulp shipment in the UK.

The drugs were discovered during routine inspections at London Gateway, Essex on 12 November.

According to police, theyboriginated in Colombia and were headed for Antwerp in Belgium, according to customs officials.

The UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) described the seizure as "a significant hit to the organised crime groups involved".

The concealed drugs were discovered as part of routine inspections last month, hidden in a shipping container docked at the port.

In total, 1,060 kilograms of cocaine were found. The drugs were thought to have been put in the cargo in Columbia and were intended to arrive in Antwerp, Belgium.

NCA branch commander Jacque Beer said: "These were substantial seizures and will represent a significant hit to the organised crime groups involved, meaning less profit for them to reinvest.

"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.

"The NCA is working with law enforcement partners in the UK, in Europe and worldwide to target the criminal networks behind drug trafficking and disrupt their activities."

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