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Cocaine amounting to £1.3 million seized at Portsmouth International Port

The Class-A drugs were seized by Border Force officers. Picture credits: Government Home Office

An attempt to import the Class-A drug - that has an estimated street value of over £1.3m - was foiled by a joint Border Force and National Crime Agency (NCA) operation on 4th October, 2019.

Officers searched a vessel that had a cargo of containers from Ecuador, Panama and Colombia.

An inspection found twenty red packages hidden in a container, that had cocaine weighing 22kg.

Border Force Assistant Director Ben Youlden said:

“This was a sophisticated concealment of a large amount of illegal drugs.

"In making the seizure we have kept the drugs off the streets where they can do so much damage and out of the hands of those who seek to profit from the trade.

“My officers do excellent work at ports across the UK to secure our borders and work closely with other law enforcement agencies, like the NCA, to prevent drug trafficking.”

The seizure has been referred to NCA for further investigation.

Border Force officers use high-tech equipment to combat immigration crime.

They use an array of search techniques, including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors and scanners.

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