Latest reports allege, nearly 1.3 tonnes of heroine worth £120m was confiscated, in what is determined to be UK’s largest ever seizure of the drug.
These were found to be concealed on a container ship, hidden in bathrobes and towels. The drugs were exposed when the ship docked in Suffolk. According to NCA deputy director of investigation, Matt Horne, he referred to the drug discovery as “a record heroin seizure in the UK and one of the largest ever in Europe”.
Reports suggest, the haul was removed and later returned prior to tracking it in the Netherlands and making the arrests. The National Crime Agency (NCA) was responsible for this development as the ship was intercepted by NCA in Felixstowe.
According to reports, a similar case of drug discovery was found at Felixstowe dock on 2 August. The drugs found then were 400kg (62st 13lb) and worth £40m.
The latest episode saw blocks of heroin weighing 1kg (2.2lb) stitched inside towels. With the help of Border Force officers, the drugs were removed. It lasted for six hours and the final drug seizure weighed a total of 1,297kg (204st).
After the seizure, the ship was allowed to carry on with its course, as it progressed to its destination- Antwerp, where it docked two days later.
Four men were arrested by officers for uploading the drugs, when the container arrived in the Dutch port of Rotterdam. News sources suggest the drugs had originated in Pakistan.
“The size of this and other recent shipments demonstrate the scale of the threat we face. We can be certain that some of these drugs would eventually have been sold in the UK, fuelling high levels of violence and exploitation including what we see in county lines offending nationwide. The heroin trade also feeds addictions that put users’ lives at risk, while giving rise to crime such as theft which make people feel unsafe in their homes and communities,” Horne added.