Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Britain’s biggest heroin seizure made in Felixstowe






The smugglers had hidden the drugs within towels. Credit: NCA

Heroin with a street value of more than £120 million has been discovered hidden among towels and dressing gowns on board a container ship.
Nearly 1.3 tonnes of the class A drug were recovered after it docked at the port of Felixstowe on 30 August.
The record haul would be worth around £27 million to organised criminals at wholesale, and more than £120 million at street value, where it is typically supplied via county lines dealing.




The drugs bust is one of the largest ever in Europe.
The drugs bust is one of the largest ever in Europe. Credit: NCA

The ship was searched by officers from Border Force and the National Crime Agency. They found a total of 1,297kg of the substance concealed among a cover load of towels and bathrobes, which took officers nearly 6 hours to remove.
Officers then returned the container to the vessel, which continued to Antwerp and docked in the Belgian port city on 1 September.




The haul was in excess of £120 million at street level.
The haul was in excess of £120 million at street level. Credit: NCA

The container was driven by lorry to a warehouse in Rotterdam, the Netherlands while being under surveillance.
Upon arrival, officers moved in and arrested four people who were in the process of unloading the goods. 
The 1.3-tonne haul is the largest ever seizure of heroin in the UK. It follows a bust of 398 kilograms of heroin from a vessel at Felixstowe port on 2 August.



“This is a record heroin seizure in the UK and one of the largest ever in Europe. It will have denied organised crime tens of millions of pounds in profits."
– NCA DEPUTY DIRECTOR, INVESTIGATIONS, MATT HORNE

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