Largest Amount of Heroin found among towels and dressing gowns
With a street value of more than £120 million, the National Crime Agency has seized the amount of heroin found hidden in towels and dressing gowns on a container ship on it's way to the Netherlands, with a stop in Felixstowe, UK.
The £120 million worth of the Class A drug, heroin weighed nearly 1.3 tonnes and took the National Crime Agency officers over six hours to check through and remove all of the drugs.
Labelled as Protein Powder, unknown hints said that the drugs would be on the MV Gibraltar as it docked in the UK en-route to Antwerp.
Image showing the amount of Class A drug heroin seized from the MV Gibraltar vessel en-route to Antwerp.
On the 1st September 2019, the MV Gibraltar returned to sea and arrived in Antwerp the same day.
The container in which the drugs were kept under close surveillance by the Dutch and Belgian officials where it was driven by lorry to a warehouse in Rotterdam.
While the container was being unloaded at the warehouse, officers went in to arrest four people who were suspected to be involved in the organized crime of selling and using Class A drugs.
Recently, 398kg of heroin was discovered on a vessel in Felixstowe on the 2nd of August.
National Crime Agency director Matt Horne said:
"This is a record heroin seizure in the UK and one of the largest ever in Europe.
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, fueling high levels of violence and exploitation including what we see in county lines offending nationwide."