PortandTerminal.com, September 4, 2019
Authorities have announced the largest ever heroin bust at the Port of Felixstowe. Are drug dealers trying to beat the BREXIT chaos next month by getting supply in early?
LONDON, ENGLAND – The Port of Felixstowe just broke its own record for the largest ever heroin bust in the UK.
Earlier last month almost 877 pounds (400 kg) of heroin was found hidden under towels and bathrobes in a shipping container at England’s largest port, the Port of Felixstowe.
Today’s announcement shatters that record.
UK authorities have said that they seized almost 1.3 tons of heroin with a street value of £120 million ($148 million) from a container ship, in the nation’s largest-ever bust involving the drug.
Officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Border Force found the heroin hidden in a cargo of towels and bathrobes when the MV Gibraltar docked at Felixstowe on August 30, according to an NCA statement. The 1,297-kilogram haul would sell for $US 33 million at wholesale prices, but its value would rocket to $147 million at street level, the NCA said.
After the drugs were removed, officers returned the container to the ship, which continued to Antwerp and docked in the Belgian port city on 1 September, and was driven by lorry to a warehouse in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. As it was unloaded Dutch and Belgian officers police swooped and arrested four people.
Jenny Sharp, Border Force assistant director at Felixstowe, said some of the 1kg blocks of heroin had been stitched inside towels and it took officers nearly six hours to remove them.
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