Record-breaking £80 million cocaine haul discovered in UK depot by accident

One of the biggest ever Class-A drugs hauls has been seized in the UK.

Police in Northampton found the cocaine hall, worth around £80 million, at a depot in Brackmills Industrial Estate.

And it appears that it was discovered by accident, too.

Police were responding to reports of a theft from a lorry,

The vehicle was making a delivery at the depot, which is where the incredible discovery was made.

Inside, holdall bags full of blocks of cocaine were found, and another van containing even more bags of the stuff was found abandoned.

The grand total discovered was 18 holdalls, containing 780kg of cocaine, which has a street value of around £78 million.

Three men and one woman were arrested in connection with the investigation, but they were all released on bail.

Detective Superintendent Emma James, of Northamptonshire Police, 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.

"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.

Labour MP Neil Coyle saw the funny side of the news, tweeting: “That's this year's Downing Street Christmas party ruined”.

His comment was in reference to the news that the Prime Minister hosted Christmas parties for his staff at his Prime Ministerial residence last year, during Covid lockdown restrictions – something the PM has, so far, refused to deny.

He said, during today's Prime Minister's Questions: " “All guidance was followed completely.”

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