10/12/2004

Half-tonne of cocaine seized in East London

Six men were arrested in East London last night, following the seizure by customs investigators of over half a tonne of cocaine with an estimated street value of around £100 million.

The drugs were concealed within a consignment of coconuts imported from Guyana and delivered to Spitalfields Market.

Duncan Stewart, Assistant Chief Investigation Officer, said: "As a result of this operation Customs have successfully stopped a huge quantity of cocaine being sold on London's streets, the proceeds of which would undoubtedly be used to fund further crime.

"This is an extremely successful operation and an excellent example of the way Customs are working to prevent the smuggling of Class A drugs, and thereby reducing the harm to our society".

HM Customs & Excise are continuing with their enquiries following the seizure.

(SP/MB)

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