A man from Bristol has been charged with drug offences following his arrest by the National Crime Agency. Officers had been investigating the attempted importation of cocaine with a potential street value of around £1.75 million.
The suspect, who is originally from Jamaica, is the director of a food importation company which allegedly arranged the shipment of 10 pallets of ackee - the national fruit of Jamaica.. It was being important to Portbury Dock in Bristol. When Border Force officers searched the shipment on 17 March they identified a number of boxes in which the tins were filled with cocaine rather than fruit. The tins contained a total of 22kg of cocaine.
Two other individuals from the Bristol area were also arrested yesterday. They have both been released on bail following interviews. The operation was supported by Border Force, Avon and Somerset Police, the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit and HMRC.
Photo source: National Crime Agency