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Cocaine worth £33 million found hidden in onion rings destined for UK

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A haul of cocaine worth £33 million has been found in a shipment of onion rings destined for Britain.

The Class A drug – weighing 48 kilos – was hidden in a lorry stopped in Coquelles, France.


It was found by Border Force officers.

The driver Piotr Perzenowski, 30, of Mazowieckie, Poland, was allegedly bringing the cargo to the UK.

He has charged with smuggling drugs.

National Crime Agency branch commander Mark Howes said:

“This was a really significant amount of drugs taken out of circulation.

“The seizure will deprive the organised crime group responsible for them of profit which would have fuelled more offending.

“Working with our partners such as Border Force we will continue to fight the Class A drugs threat in our mission to protect the public.”


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