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£6m cocaine sieze in Hampshire
10:27am Thursday 14th February 2013 in News
A haul of cocaine with an estimated value of £6 million has been seized in Hampshire.
Officers discovered the packages of cocaine in a refrigerated container by Border Force officers in Portsmouth.
Ith had been unloaded from the vessel ‘Star Quality’ at Flathouse Quay.
The boat, which had come from Turbo, Columbia, via Antwerp, was carrying a load of bananas.
The cocaine was found in 50 wrapped packages which had been hidden in the container.
It is estimated the drugs, weighing around 60 kilos, could have had a potential value of approximately £6 million when cut and sold on the street.
Andy Lumb, of Border Force, said: “This was an excellent detection by our officers as the inside of the container initially appeared not to have been tampered with.
“Our officers are on constant alert to keep drugs, other smuggled goods and illegal persons out of the UK.
“We are determined to prevent this terrible trade which can have such a destructive impact on the lives of so many.”
No arrests have been made but investigations are ongoing.