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Police seize £10m worth of cocaine weighing 137kg from ship in Kent

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How police seized £10m of cocaine from ship in Kent

Police have seized £10 million worth of cocaine weighing 137kg (302lb) following a raid on a container ship at a port in Kent.

The drugs were discovered at Sheerness Port on a Panamanian-registered ship transporting bananas to the Netherlands on 14 October, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Cocaine was hidden in four large holdalls placed below the water line inside the sea chest, an intake area used for seawater to maintain ship stability.

A specialist dive team took five hours to recover the drugs, which were behind bolted-up grills, with the assistance of Border Force officers and port operator Peel Ports.

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