Cocaine with a likely UK street value of more than £40 million has been seized following an operation involving the National Crime Agency, Border Force and the Irish Garda.
The drugs were seized following the search of the cargo vessel Star Stratos at Portsmouth port on Monday evening.
Approximately 300 kilos were discovered concealed within a shipment of bananas which had originated in Colombia.
Investigations are continuing both in the UK and Ireland in conjunction with An Garda Síochána.
Deputy director Tom Dowdall, from the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command, said: “Working with our law enforcement partners in the UK and Ireland we have successfully prevented a huge quantity of what is likely to be very high purity cocaine reaching our streets.
“Our investigations into the organised crime groups likely to be responsible for this shipment continues.
“This seizure once again demonstrates the international reach of the NCA and the impact we are having on the criminal networks involved in drug trafficking.”
A Sittingbourne couple who stored almost £50,000 worth of drugs in a fridge-freezer have been jailed.
Daniel Fleming, 30, and Alyx Costa, 23, both formerly of White Hart Mews, Milton Regis, stored a significant quantity of amphetamine and cannabis at their home, discovered by police following a raid on Thursday 5 June 2014.
Fleming pleaded guilty to two counts of possession with intent to supply and was jailed for three years and eight months.
Costa admitted one count and was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how police found two bags of cannabis and a fridge freezer full of plastic tubs containing amphetamine after executing a warrant at a flat rented in Costa’s name.
She was arrested at the scene while Fleming handed himself into Medway police station six days later.
The amphetamine has been valued at £47,000 but the total price could potentially have risen to hundreds of thousands of pounds by the time it reached the street.
A teenager has been jailed for supplying heroin and crack cocaine.
Nathan Panter-Pironi, 19, from Bournemouth, appeared at the town's Crown Court for supplying heroin and crack cocaine on the streets of Boscombe. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
Nathan Panter-Pironi is the 26th person to be sentenced because of Operation Moped, with the defendants so far receiving cumulative prison sentences of 55 years and 7 months.
Another 10 defendants have entered guilty pleas.
The Hampshire Constabulary Fortress team has been working with Greater Manchester Police, Lancashire police and Cheshire Police to execute four warrants in the north of the country.
Five people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and money laundering offences, after officers seized a quantity of suspected drugs and cash during searches.
The warrants were executed as part of an ongoing investigation into the supply of class A drugs in Southampton and Winchester.
A number of arrests have previously been made as part of this investigation and four people have been convicted of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs resulting in a total of over 12 years imprisonment.
Detective Inspector Amanda Horsburgh said: "An offender may not live in our force area but that certainly doesn’t mean we will turn a blind eye to their offending.
"We will not tolerate individuals who come to Hampshire or the Isle of Wight to deal drugs and exploit the vulnerability of drug users.”
More people have been sentenced for drug offences following one of the biggest operations in Dorset in recent years. Dorset Police pro-actively targeted street level drug dealers in the Boscombe area of Bournemouth where there was a suspicion that drugs offences were being committed.
The mother of a 15 year old school girl from Oxford who died after taking pure ecstasy is calling on the Government to legalise drugs. Martha Fernback collapsed and died after taking a substance called MDMA last year. It comes as a major parliamentary drugs debate took place today. Some MP's, including Brighton's Caroline Lucas, say drug laws should focus on treatment rather than punishment. This report from Tom Savvides includes interviews with Anne-Marie Cockburn, Caroline Lucas MP, Norman Baker MP and Maryon Stewart.
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion has been leading a debate in parliament on the UK's drug laws in Parliament.
A debate on the UK's drug laws is to take place in Parliament later. Caroline Lucas, the MP for Brighton Pavilion, secured the discussion with cross-party backing and a petition which amassed 130,000 signatures.
Speaking ahead of the debate, the MP said:
“We all want a drugs policy that works. We want policies that reduce drug-related deaths and protect our children. Policies that rid our communities of the harms associated with drugs misuse and which ensure individuals get the help and support they need.
“But if we’re to have a drugs policy that does all of these things, then it has to be based on evidence.
“This debate is not about being for or against drugs reform. It’s about making sure we have the best possible laws based on the best possible evidence. It is the responsibility of every MP to be there to represent their constituents.”
Decriminalising drugs in Portugal cut addiction by 50%, the country's national drugs co-ordinator said.
Joao Goulao told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We had around 100,000 people hooked on heroin, which is 1% of our population, and now we estimate that we have half of that."
There is "no chance" drugs will be legalised following a report which states tougher laws have no effect on substance misuse, the government say.
A Liberal Democrat report claims it is "pointless" punishing drug users and more time should be spent on cracking down on criminal gangs who traffic drugs than addicts
But in a statement Number 10 said: "This report provides no support whatsoever for the Lib Dem's policy of decriminalisation. In fact, it clearly states that it would be inappropriate to draw those kind of conclusions.
"The Lib Dem policy would see drug dealers getting off scot-free and send an incredibly dangerous message to young people about the risks of taking drugs
"As the report makes very clear, the Government's approach already provides a good balance between enforcement and treatment, drug use is plummeting as a result and there is simply no chance that we will entertain such a reckless change of course ."