A multi-million pound cocaine route running from South America to Lincolnshire has been stopped by border officials.
Officers from Border Force based at Port of Immingham in North Lincolnshire, have intercepted more than £6m worth of cocaine destined for the UK.
The Class A drugs were hidden in loads of coal on bulk vessels that had travelled from Puerto Prodeco in Columbia, to the east coast deep water port on the Humber. On each occasion specially trained officers from the Border Force Deep Rummage Team have found the drugs. In the past three months hauls have now been seized from three different vessels travelling the Trans-Atlantic route.
All the drugs will now be destroyed. No arrests have been made in connection with the seizures at this stage, but investigations are continuing. The drugs were of a high purity and once the cocaine had been 'cut' with other substances it would have a potential street value totalling about £6.5m.
– Sam Bullimore, Border Force
This was a significant smuggling route, and these seizures will put a major dent in the profits of the criminal gang behind this specific plot.
This success sends a clear message about the strength of the UK Border. Our expert Border Force officers use the latest technology and are supported by specialist Deep Rummage teams to make life as tough as possible for those involved in this evil activity.
Cocaine destroys lives. Smuggling drugs is a vile trade that profits from the misery of others. We will continue to work closely with partner law enforcement agencies, both in the UK and abroad, to clamp down on the criminals involved.**