Cocaine found hidden in frozen seafood during massive UK bust

Published on
November 27, 2019

The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (CSA) seized around GBP 10 million (USD 13 million, EUR 11.7 million) worth of cocaine hidden inside frozen fish on 23 November.

The CSA charged James Satterley, 50, of Berkshire, East Sussex, after officers seized nearly 100 kilos of cocaine at Newhaven Port in East Sussex.

The cocaine was concealed in a load of frozen fish in the rear of a refrigerated van searched by the border force as it came off a ferry, CSA said in a press release. Officers recovered 97 packages with around a kilo of cocaine each. The cocaine has a potential street value of around GBP 10 million (USD 13 million, EUR 11.7 million), CSA said.

“NCA officers are working alongside Border Force, Sussex Police, Thames Valley Police, and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit to investigate this seizure and the circumstances around it,” NCA Senior Investigating Officer Paul Morris said.

“Working with partners we are determined to do all we can to disrupt the organised crime groups involved in the large-scale importation of class A drugs, which fuel serious violence and impact some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Making seizures like this is an important part of that work,” Morris added.

Photo courtesy of the United Kingdom National Crime Agency

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