The massive shipment was found onboard MV Crown Jade, a Panamanian vessel, hidden between bananas cargo. The ship was sailing from Colombia and according to an officer from the NCA's border policing command, Tom Dowdall, this was a ''major blow''.
On Saturday, 2nd of November, UK officer came onboard MV Crown Jade at the evening. The search continued three days and finally they found out the biggest cocaine shipment for the last two years hidden in the boxes with bananas.
Border Force and the National Crime Agency remember that the last huge cocaine shipment was caught in May 2011 in Southampton. Onboard a luxury yacht were found 1.2 tonnes of drugs.
Tom Dowdall commented the story:
''It would have been cut several times before being sold, so the amount found here could have ended up as several tonnes at street level.''
Mark Harper, Immigration Minister, stated:
''I congratulate the Border Force and NCA officers involved in stopping such a huge amount of drugs entering the UK and ending up on our streets. This joint operation is an example of the intelligence-led, co-ordinated action being taken to protect our border and target the organised criminals behind drug and people trafficking.''
After the end of the operation the Panamanian vessel, MV Crown Jade, was freed to go. Her destination is the Antwerp port in Belgium.