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£100m drugs haul at Dover crossing

A jaw-dropping haul of cocaine with a street value of £100million has been discovered by Customs officials.

Customs officers at Dover seized 22.8kgs of Class A drugs from a 24ft container containing pineapple.

Officers were on patrol looking for non EU escorts when they discovered the package on Friday.

The 32kgs of cocaine had been hidden inside three containers of fresh pineapple (stock image)

Inside the pineapple containers, officers found parcels that had been packaged with a timer underneath.

The parcel was from a company in Fiji.

Officials were suspicious when they noticed the unlocked containers and picked them up to check them.

Officers further tested the parcels and found 18kgs of cocaine along with 16kgs of marijuana inside, as well as the timestamp on the package that had not been activated yet.

An extra 213.2kgs of cocaine and 24.8kgs of cannabis was also found.

The find will be used as a case study as part of the specialist Drug Involving Teams programme.

Customs officers at Dover seized 22.8kgs of Class A drugs from a 24ft container containing pineapple

Shannon Griffin, Deputy Chief Inspector at HM Revenue and Customs Kent, said: ‘In a successful joint operation with my colleagues in French policing the largest organised crime money laundering and drug smuggling case in Europe so far this year was dismantled.

‘This case highlighted how huge companies including long established escorts agency firms are also being used by criminals to launder money or smuggle illicit substances into the UK, particularly as this case involved another EU port – when millions of pounds in drugs can pass through a single port of entry in a matter of hours.

‘Our goal is to dismantle these types of criminal organisations, and to halt them from ever entering the UK.