U.K. authorities intercept $7.5M drug shipments hidden in vegetables

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A trio of drug busts were no small potatoes for British authorities.

The U.K.’s National Crime Agency announced Tuesday that border officials seized three separate freight shipments of vegetables from Jamaica that contained cocaine with an approximate total street value of $7.5 million.

Throughout the month of August, border agents stationed at London’s Gatwick Airport intercepted boxes of sweet potatoes, yams and other vegetables containing cocaine. In one shipment, the drug was suspended in a liquid solution.

A total of 55 kg of cocaine were kept off the streets.

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“Working with our colleagues at Border Force we are determined to do all we can to stop class A drugs reaching the streets of the U.K., where they can cause so much damage,” NCA Branch Commander Mark McCormack said in a statement.

“These seizures are an example of that in action, and our investigations are ongoing.”

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