Cocaine worth £25m found hidden in imitation plastic bananas in warehouse in Kent after arriving through Dover

Cocaine worth £25m found in fake plastic bananas
Police found cocaine worth £25 million hidden in plastic fruit (Picture: PA)

Cocaine worth £25 million has been found hidden in imitation plastic bananas at a warehouse in Kent.

Fake fruit containing 150kg of the class A drug had been placed among a shipment of real bananas from Colombia, which had been tracked to Oast Park Trading Estate in Hartlip after arriving on a lorry in Dover at 6am yesterday.

Officers from the Met’s Special Projects Team observed the consignment being unloaded by a 48-year-old man.

The warehouse was raided at 10.30pm yesterday and the drugs were found.

The man, who was also from Kent, was later arrested along with three Colombian men, aged 36, 39 and 46, who were believed to have accessed instructions relating to the shipment at an internet cafe in Stockwell, London.

The driver of the lorry was not detained and has been ruled out of the conspiracy.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: ‘The recovered drugs have a wholesale value of around £7 million, with a street value in excess of £25 million.

‘All four men remain in custody at a London police station.’

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