Record $148 million heroin bust made, drugs found in the sea container
Does container shipping have a drug problem? After a string of busts in the U.S. in recent months, attention has now switched to the U.K., where authorities have seized 1,279 kilograms of heroin with a street value of £130 million ($148 million). According to the article from the freightwaves.com and its author Mike King
The drugs were found Aug. 30 by officers from Border Force and the National Crime Agency (NCA) in a container stowed on the Maersk Gibraltar at the Port of Felixstowe. -according to King.
“The smugglers had hidden the drugs within a cover load of towels, stitching the 1 kg blocks of heroin inside some of the towels,” said Jenny Sharp, Border Force assistant director at Felixstowe. “In total, it took my officers nearly six hours — working in the early hours of Saturday morning — to remove the drugs.”
After the heroin was seized, police returned the container to the vessel, which then continued to Antwerp, docked in the Belgian port city on Sept. 1 and was kept under surveillance by Dutch and Belgian law enforcement agencies. After it was unloaded, the box was tracked as it was trucked to a warehouse in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Upon arrival, officers moved in and arrested four people who were in the process of unloading the consignment.-King also wrote in his article.
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Source and credits: freightwaves.com / and, iTrucker / Mario Pawlowski