|Rope used to conceal a pallet seized at Gatwick airport.. Photo: PA|
Cocaine with an estimated street value of more than £500,000 has been found hidden in rope, Metro UK reports.
The drugs were seized at Gatwick in what investigators have described as a ‘sophisticated’ bid to smuggle 28lb (13kg) of cocaine through the West Sussex airport.
The rope concealing the Class A drug was used to secure a pallet of imported food, including yams, sweet potatoes, avocados and soursop, which arrived on a flight from Jamaica.
But when Border Force officers examined the tubular rope closely last Thursday, they found it was stuffed with high purity cocaine.
Border Force south regional director Carole Upshall said: ‘As this seizure shows, smugglers often employ sophisticated methods, this time using the external rope packaging to try to conceal the drugs.
She said Border Force officials were working with the National Crime Agency to try to trace the organised crime gangs behind the smuggling bid.