Not the bananas that you would want.
Cocaine that has a street value of over $103 million has been seized after being found inside the shipment of bananas at Southampton.
The Class A Drugs were discovered by border officers within a shipping container onboard a ship during a routine inspection.
The cocaine weighed around 946 kilograms and was coming from Columbia.
It was bound for Antwerp in Belgium.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, released a statement about the incident, where they said:
This was drug smuggling on an industrial scale so I’m delighted that Border Force officers have prevented such a large quantity of dangerous goods from reaching our streets. Drugs devastate communities, line the pockets of serious criminals, and are a serious driver of the violence which ruin young lives right across the country. We are sending a strong signal to criminals in the UK and abroad seeking to smuggle drugs into or through the UK – your efforts will fail and we will use every part of our law enforcement powers to stop drugs from coming into the UK.
The drugs were discovered after officers of the Border Force found a number of wrong things with the container that was containing the bananas.
Tim Kingsberry, the regional director for Border Force South, released a statement about the incident.
The statement reads:
This significant seizure has removed a large amount of dangerous drugs from the streets, which not only reduces the significant harm they cause to communities but also makes a huge dent in the profits of smugglers.
That’s a lot of drugs.