Cocaine with a street value of £1.3m has been seized at the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk.
The drugs were hidden inside a container shipped from Ecuador and destined for Antwerp in Belgium.
Officers said they found two black holdalls containing cocaine on top of a container of banana flakes.
The gangs operate by putting the drugs in a container and re-sealing it with another member of the gang retrieving the drugs at the other end.
Bill Form, assistant director for the UK Border Agency at Felixstowe, said: This would appear to be the work of a 'rip off' gang.
The smugglers target well-established companies in the hope that the containers will not be subject to the same level of scrutiny as less well known firms.
However, we're equipped with the latest technology, including X-ray scanners, and will stop at nothing to prevent dangerous drugs getting into the UK."
16 July 2010
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