The cargo was shipped into Liverpool in April last year in a container on board a ship called the Andes, Seddon Cripps, for the prosecution, said. Customs officers opened the container and X-rayed the 420 coffee sacks - revealing that 48 of them contained packages of cocaine. Officers resealed the container and allowed it to continue its journey to a warehouse in Acton, west London, where it was received by Americo Espejo, 29, a Peruvian, the court was told.
Mr Cripps told the jury that a camera and tape recorder had been hidden in the warehouse, and Customs officers watched as Mr Espejo - who was joined by Jesus Caruz, 41, a fellow Peruvian - began opening the sacks and removing the 97 packages of high- quality cocaine.
Both men deny smuggling the drug. The trial continues today.Reuse content