Stolen lorry leads cops to huge cocaine haul hidden in duffel bags

Cocaine worth an estimated GBP78 million has been seized by officers from Northamptonshire Police who were called to the theft of a lorry from a Northampton industrial estate Officers found 18 duffel bags crammed with the drug after discovering the haul in the back of a lorry in Northampton, before tracking down a van which was also involved in the operation. The Class A drugs were discovered after police received reports of a theft from a lorry which was making a delivery at a depot in Brackmills Industrial Estate, Northampton, on Friday, November 26.

: Co-op staff call for more protection following ‘terrifying’ knife threat in Kettering store On arrival, officers discovered holdalls filled with blocks of cocaine and a short time later, with the aid of ANPR, traced a dumped van which contained further bags full of drugs. In total, 18 holdalls were recovered equalling 780kg worth of cocaine.

Keep up with the latest news with our email alerts directly to your inbox. Sign up here. An investigation has been launched to establish where the cocaine came from and who was transporting it. Detective Superintendent Emma James, said: “This is the biggest seizure of Class A drugs by Northamptonshire Police.

“In total we’ve recovered 780kg of cocaine which, following forensic analysis, has been moved out of the county. “This was a large-scale transportation of Class A drugs and our investigation will be looking at who was responsible for bringing it into Northamptonshire and what their plans were for distributing it.” Det Supt James added: “Tackling serious organised crime is a matter of priority for us in Northamptonshire.

“People may think that buying cocaine for a night out isn’t an issue, but the organised crime gangs involved in distributing Class A drugs are often also responsible for other forms of criminality, such as modern slavery and the coercion of vulnerable people to house and deal drugs, violence and firearms offences. “We’re urging anyone who has any information about the people involved in organised crime or drug dealing to contact us online, by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.” Four people – three men and a woman, have been arrested in connection with the investigation and released on bail, pending further enquiries.

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