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£25m of cocaine found hidden in plastic bananas

Police officers have found cocaine with an estimated street value of £25 million hidden in plastic fruit among a shipment of bananas from Colombia.

Officers from the Met's Special Projects Team tracked a lorry carrying the consignment of bananas from when it arrived in Dover at 6am yesterday, to a unit at the Oast Park Trading Estate in Hartlip, Kent at 9am. They also watched as a 48-year-old man unloaded it into a warehouse.

£25 million worth of cocaine found stashed in plastic bananas Credit: Metropolitan Police

The warehouse was kept under surveillance while another team monitored three other men, who later met in an internet cafe in Stockwell, London, and are believed to have accessed instructions relating to the shipment, the force said.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The recovered drugs have a wholesale value of around £7 million, with a street value in excess of £25 million. All four men remain in custody at a London police station."