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BY MARTYN FISHER

Monday 14th July 2014, 10:16 London

Cocaine worth £25m found in UK banana consignment

Around 150kg of the Class A drug found in specially-designed plastic bananas hidden among real fruit in UK warehouse

Cocaine worth £25m found in UK banana consignment

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Cocaine with an estimated street value of £25 million has been found hidden in a consignment of bananas from Colombia.

Scotland Yard said 150kg of the Class A drug was found packed inside specially-designed plastic bananas hidden among real fruit in a British warehouse on 10 July.

Police had been monitoring the warehouse beforehand in the 'intelligence-led' operation, and four men were later arrested and remain in police custody.

The bananas arrived at Dover at about 6am, and were taken to Oast Park Trading Estate in Hartlip, Kent.

A 48-year-old man was later arrested in Kent, while police also arrested three Colombian men, aged 36, 39 and 46, outside an internet cafe in Stockwell, south London.

The lorry driver is believed to have had nothing to do with the crime.

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