£50m coke haul on jet
FIVE men have been arrested after half a ton of cocaine worth over £50million was discovered in a private jet.
Border Force officers found the Class A drug after searching an aircraft that flew into the UK from Bogota in Colombia on Monday.
Two Britons, two Spaniards and an Italian were held on suspicion of drug smuggling after the twin-engined jet landed at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire.
The Border Force said that the drug was hidden in 15 suitcases that were found on board.
The Force’s Mike Stepney said: “Officers became suspicious and searched the aircraft and their luggage. When opened, each case was found to contain up to 37 tape wrapped packages weighing approximately one kilo each. One of these was pierced and a white powder exposed which tested positive for cocaine.”
Three properties in Bournemouth, Dorset, were also searched by the National Crime Agency and computers and phones taken away for examination.
The NCA’s Siobhan Micklethwaite said: “This is a major seizure of cocaine. We estimate that once cut and sold it would have had a potential value of £50 million.”