5 Men Busted With $71 Million Worth Of Cocaine In Suitcases

A huge arrest of five men happened at a small airport in England. They smuggled in $71 million worth of cocaine from Columbia. It was 1,100 pounds.

A private jet carried the drugs from Columbia to Hampshire, England. U.K. Border Force officers uncovered what is believed to be one of the largest seizures in history, according to the Independent.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/cocaine-smuggling-arrests-50-million-private-jet-uk-border-force-drugs-farnborough-airport-bogota-a8185366.html

Per Fox News:

After questioning the people on board, the officers became suspicious and searched the aircraft, where they found the drugs hidden in 15 suitcases.

“When opened, each case was found to contain between 34 to 37 tape-wrapped packages weighing approximately one kilo each. One of these was pierced and a white powder exposed which tested positive for cocaine,” Border Force deputy chief operating officer Mike Stepney told the Independent.

Of the five men arrested, two were British brothers, along with a Spanish and Italian national, according to The Sun. Border Force officers questioned the airplane crew as well, who were released without being charged.

NCA operations manager Siobhan Micklethwaite told the Independent: “This is a major seizure of cocaine, one of the largest flown into the UK by plane in many years, and this seizure by Border Force represents a major blow to organized crime. We estimate that once cut and sold on the streets in the U.K. it would have had a potential value in excess of £50m (about $71m).”

A spokesperson for the Farnborough Airport told The Sun this was a matter for the authorities and they “do not comment on individual aircraft and passengers.”

What an insane arrest. Wonder how much prison time this will result in? Might need to get an expert in U.K. law to see what kind of trouble $71 million worth of cocaine results in.

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