News 20 February 2021

2.3 Tonnes Of Cocaine Worth £184m Found Hidden In Banana Shipment From Colombia

20 February 2021

Police have seized around 2.3 tonnes of cocaine worth £184 million following a raid on an industrial estate in Tottenham, north London.

The seizure – said to be one of the largest ever of cocaine in the UK – was found hidden in a shipment of bananas from Colombia.

Ten men aged between 21 and 56 were arrested following the raid on Thursday (February 18).

The cocaine had already been removed by Border Force officers at Portsmouth International Port on Sunday after the consignment arrived on a cargo ship from Colombia the previous day.

The investigation was carried out by The National Crime Agency, alongside the Metropolitan Police, who said the drugs could have been worth £184 million if sold on the streets of the UK.

The Met’s Detective Superintendent Simon Moring said: “This operation is a great example of partnership working between the Met, NCA and Border Force, which resulted in one of the UK’s biggest ever seizures of cocaine – around 2.3 tonnes.

“This significant seizure means that these dangerous drugs cannot reach the streets of London and beyond, where they have the potential to cause great harm to people and communities.

“Whilst these operations are complex and resource intensive, they are vital to disrupt organised criminal networks and to ensure we keep our communities safe.

“We know there is an inextricable link between drugs and violence – that is why tackling the importation and supply of drugs is a crucial part of our work to reduce violent crime in London.”