Cocaine discovered in produce shipped from Saint Lucia to the UK

PRESS RELEASE:-On Monday 22nd August 2016 a freight consignment consisting of 93 boxes of breadfruit and plantain arrived at Gatwick from St Lucia on board flight VS098.

A search of the consignment by UK Border Force officers identified approx. 6.8kg of cocaine concealed inside 9 hollowed out breadfruit all within one marked box.

Border Force South regional director, Sue Young, said:

“Border Force officers play a crucial role in securing our borders against drug smuggling. In this case, their professionalism has meant that dangerous Class A drugs have been seized and will no longer end up in our communities where they can do so much harm.

“We continue to work with our colleagues from the National Crime Agency to do all we can to stamp out this despicable trade and bring those responsible to justice.”

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the UK.

They use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners – as well as visual searches – to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the smuggling Hotline on 0800 59 5000.