26 April 2017
A National Crime Agency investigation is underway following the seizure of around five kilos of high-purity cocaine, found on a trailer carrying metal that had come into Scotland on a ferry from Belgium.
The drugs were detained by Border Force officers in late March, but details can only now be released. They were in a metal container secured underneath the flat-bed by strong magnets.
The drugs would have had a wholesale value to organised crime of in excess of £200,000, but if cut and sold on the streets could have made much more.
Investigators believe the trailer had been transported unaccompanied on a ferry from Zeebrugge into the port of Rosyth, where it was collected and driven to Edinburgh.
The metal box containing the drugs was only discovered during a maintenance check after the trailer had delivered its legitimate load. Border Force and the NCA were then called in.
John McGowan, head of the NCA Scotland border investigation team, said:
“We are now working to establish where the cocaine came from and what the eventual destination was.
“In making this seizure we have taken a significant quantity of class A drugs and potential profit out of the hands of criminals.”