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UK Border Force found £76 million worth cocaine in banana shipment

Christian Fernsby |
UK Border Force officers have disrupted a large drug smuggling operation after seizing almost a ton of cocaine - with a street value of around £76 million - hidden among bananas at the Port of Southampton.

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The Class A drugs, weighing a total of 946 kg, were found within a shipping container on a commercial vessel docked at the port on Friday.

Multiple packets of cocaine were found within the cargo and are suspected to have been placed inside the banana boxes in Colombia.

The shipment was bound for Antwerp in Belgium.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "This was drug smuggling on an industrial scale so I'm delighted that Border Force officers have prevented such a large quantity of dangerous goods from reaching our streets.”

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