Authorities have discovered a ton of cocaine concealed within shipments of fruit at Dover port, England.
The class A drugs, which reportedly have a street value of
approximately £100 million, were discovered in pallets that had arrived
into the Port of Dover on a vessel from South America on Tuesday
The 'huge seizure' will now take away a 'valuable commodity that
would have been sold to fund further serious and organised criminality',
the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of importing class A drugs
following a joint operation by the NCA and Police Scotland Organised
The 40-year-old from Brentwood, Ess3x, and the 64-year-old from
central Glasgow were questioned before they were later released under
NCA director of investigations Nikki Holland said: 'This is a huge
seizure of class A drugs, made as a result of some excellent joint
working between the NCA and Police Scotland under the Organised Crime
Partnership (Scotland), and our Border Force colleagues.
'This operation has prevented a large amount of cocaine from making
it on to our streets, we estimate that once adulterated and sold it
could have had a street value of up to £100 million.
'So in making this seizure we have taken away a valuable commodity
that would have been sold to fund further serious and organised
'Our investigation into this attempted importation is continuing.'
Angela McLaren, assistant chief constable of organised crime,
counter-terrorism, and intelligence also said: 'This seizure is
undoubtedly a massive setback for serious and organised criminals.
'This operation and our other recent successes underline our
unwavering commitment to working with partners, including the NCA,
Border Force and SOC Taskforce, to disrupt this sort of criminality.'
'Working together we will relentlessly pursue those who seek to bring
misery to our communities whether they are in Scotland or elsewhere in
Searches have been carried out in Glasgow and Ess3x as the investigation continues, the NCA said.