Drugs worth �1.3m seized at Felixstowe port

COCAINE worth �1.3 million has been found hidden in a cargo of banana flakes at the Port of Felixstowe, it was revealed today.

UK Border Agency officers made the discovery after the container was scanned using hi-tech x-ray equipment.

No arrests have been made in connection with the smuggled drugs.

The 54 kilos of cocaine was found on Wednesday inside a box shipped from Ecuador and destined to be sent on to Antwerp, Belgium.

The scan showed a discrepancy in the cargo and further investigation revealed two black holdalls left on top of the packed banana flakes.

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Bill Form, assistant director for the UK Border Agency at Felixstowe, said: “This would appear to be the work of a ‘rip off’ gang.

“The smugglers target well-established companies in the hope that the containers will not be subject to the same level of scrutiny as less well known firms.

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“Their modus operandi sees them re-open a container after it has been sealed, throw in their contraband load and then secure the container with a substitute seal so that at a cursory glance it appears untouched.

“However, we’re equipped with the latest technolgy – including x-ray scanners – and will stop at nothing to prevent dangerous drugs getting into the UK.”

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