Mas­sive Liq­uid Co­caine Seizure

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

United King­dom border of­fi­cials believe they have suc­cess­fully dis­rupted an or­gan­ised crime group af­ter in­ter­cept­ing £3 mil­lion (US$3.9 mil­lion) of liq­uid co­caine in a ship­ment from Bar­ba­dos.

Three men, in­clud­ing a Bar­ba­dian, have been ar­rested in Lon­don, while one has faced the court in Bar­ba­dos.

The 18 ki­los of the nar­cotic, which had been dyed pink, was hid­den in­side metal can­is­ters de­scribed as oil fil­ters in a ship­ment to Gatwick Air­port last week.

Of­fi­cers from the Na­tional Crime Agency (NCA) sub­se­quently ar­rested 54-yearold Er­rol Wat­son. Two other men were also held in Lon­don and were re­leased on bail. Wat­son, how­ever, was re­manded on a charge of im­por­ta­tion of con­trolled drugs.

“We believe this op­er­a­tion has suc­cess­fully dis­rupted an or­gan­ised crime group who thought un­ac­com­pa­nied freight was a low-risk way of mov­ing class A drugs into the UK,” said Steve McIntyre of the NCA’s Border Polic­ing Com­mand. “Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, both here and in the Caribbean.”

At least one other man was held in Bar­ba­dos, ac­cord­ing to UK re­ports.

Lar­rie Chester­field Thomp­son, 51, was ar­rested af­ter po­lice found 1.03 ki­los of liq­uid co­caine in a cup­board when they ex­e­cuted a search

The liq­uid co­caine, which had been dyed pink (left), was hid­den in­side metal can­is­ters (right) de­scribed as oil fil­ters.

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