Border officers at Tilbury docks in Essex have seized a consignment of cocaine with an estimated street value of £6 million.
The Class A drug was discovered following a search of a container that had arrived at the Port of Tilbury from Brazil. A spokesman said approximately 50kg of the drug was found in the container on Thursday, 27 April.
Border Force officers use a range of techniques to search for drugs illegally imported into Britain, including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners.
Officers also carry out visual searches to detect concealed stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco, which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.
Border Force Assistant Director for Tilbury, Mark Kennedy, said:
“In amongst a legitimate load of shoes, officers found two holdalls stuffed with shrink-wrapped packages of cocaine.
“By making this seizure – worth an estimated £6 million – Border Force officers have prevented a substantial quantity of what is a vile and destructive drug from ending up on the streets of the UK.
“In the process, we have put a serious dent in the profits of the criminals involved.”
Border Force asks members of the public with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling to call the reporting hotline on 0800 59 5000.
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