Three men charged with importing £10m worth of cocaine in shipments of bananas

Boxes of bananas with drugs hidden within the cardboard. Credit: Metropolitan Police

Three men have been charged with importing £10m worth of cocaine after two shipments of bananas were seized in Portsmouth.

UK Border Force officers searched the shipments and discovered the drugs hidden within the cardboard packaging.

The two shipments arrived at Portsmouth International Port from the Dominican Republic on Saturday 20 and Friday 26 January.

The three men are:

  • Jose Manuel Perez De La Cruz, 37, of Thomson House, Beckway

  • Ronny Sierra Guerrero, 34, of no fixed address

  • Nathanael Colado-Jiminez, 30, of Western Avenue, Acton

Met Specialist Crime officers carried out a warrant and arrested them at an address in Acton.

Two shipments of bananas were seized at Portsmouth International Port. Credit: Metropolitan Police

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