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Ton of cocaine found hidden in fruit shipment at Port of Dover

Two men have been arrested after around a ton of cocaine concealed within a load of fruit was seized Dover. The discovery was made in the early hours of yesterday morning by specialist Border Force search teams. The cocaine, with a street value of approximately £100m has been found hidden in a shipment of fruit.

The Class A drug was found in pallets on a ship that had arrived at the Port of Dover from South America on Tuesday. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the discovery was linked to the infiltration of an encrypted messaging service used by criminals.

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Two men arrested on suspicion of importing Class A drugs have been released under investigation. The investigation - involving the NCA and Police Scotland - is linked to Operation Venetic, which began after the encrypted messaging service Encrochat was infiltrated by law enforcement agencies.

A number of searches have also been carried out at locations in Glasgow and Essex and an investigation is ongoing.


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