Nearly 1.3 tons of heroin with a market value of £120m has been found in UK’s largest ever seizure of the drug. The drugs were found wrapped in towels and bathrobes on a container ship at Suffolk.
National Crime Agency (NCA) officers removed the drugs and returned the container before tracking it to the Netherlands and making arrests. In the same month similar circumstances at Felixstowe dock were reported on 2 August.
In the latest confiscation, blocks of heroin were found stitched inside some of the towels, and it took six hours to remove all of the drugs. After taking the drugs out, officers put the container back on to the ship, which continued on to its destination in Antwerp. The container was then driven where upon arrival officers arrested four men in the process of unloading it. The drugs had originated in Pakistan.
It’s a record heroin seizure in the UK and one of the largest ever in Europe. The size of this and other recent shipments prove 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 ferocity and mistreatment counting what we see in county lines offending nationwide.
The heroin trade also feeds addictions that put users’ lives at risk, which gives rise to crime such as theft and makes people unsafe in their homes and neighborhood.