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Cocaine Worth £350,000 Found In Tubs Of Chocolate At Gatwick Airport

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Thousands of pounds worth of cocaine has been found hidden inside tubs of chocolate at Gatwick Airport.

A 16-year-old girl and a woman were detained by border force investigators after the cocaine was discovered.

The pair arrived on a flight from Antigua on Saturday. Inside a suitcase was cocaine weighing around 7.7lb (3.5 kilos) which would have a street value of around £350,000 when cut, the UK Border Agency said.

The girl and 39-year-old woman, both from the Walsall area of the West Midlands, were arrested in connection with the discovery and later freed on bail until June 8.

Ingrid Smith, border force assistant director for the West Sussex airport's South Terminal, said investigators were on alert around the clock for Class A drugs and banned substances.

In Portsmouth cocaine with an estimated street value of up to £8.5 million was discovered at a ferry terminal.

The 187lb (85kg) haul was found in a lorry which arrived in Portsmouth on a ferry from St Malo in Brittany last Wednesday.

A 42-year-old man from Worcestershire was arrested in connection with the seizure and has been released on bail until July 10.

Commenting on the find, Andy Lumb, the Border Force's assistant director at Portsmouth, said:

"As this detection shows, our officers are on constant alert, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to keep class A drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.
"We are determined to prevent this terrible trade which can have such a destructive impact on the lives of so many."

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