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£2.4m of cocaine seized at Port of Tilbury
9:40am Wednesday 25th September 2013 in News
COCAINE with an estimated street value of £2.4m has been seized by Border Force officers at the Port of Tilbury.
The drugs, which had been shipped from Panama, were concealed within a container carrying a legitimate cargo of nuts.
The seizure of the Class A drug was made on Sunday (22 September). The smugglers had stashed 46kgs of cocaine inside two black holdalls within the load of nuts. Investigations are continuing into the seizure.
Mark Kennedy, Border Force Assistant Director at Tilbury, said: “Cocaine is a destructive drug which ruins the lives of users and damages the wider community. This was a large find and will have significantly disrupted the activity of the criminal parties involved.
“Seizures like this demonstrate how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances off the streets.”