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UK: Cocaine found in container carrying bananas from Costa Rica

Christian Fernsby |
Hidden under the floor of a shipping container carrying bananas from Costa Rica, Border Authority officials found cocaine worth more than £14 million.

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The temperature controlled container from Central America, carrying a load of bananas, was searched at London Gateway port in Thurrock, Essex.

The container was on its way to Germany when it was intercepted last Monday, Border authorities said.

The smugglers had raised the floor of the truck before stuffing it with drugs and welding it back on in what investigators said was a 'rare and sophisticated' method.

"This is just one example of the crucial work that Border Force officers do every day to help keep the UK safe.

Detections of dangerous Class A drugs such as this are testament to their dedication and expertise."

Following the discovery of the haul of cocaine, the seizure was referred to the National Crime Agency.

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