UK Border Force officials found half a tonne of cocaine after examining 15 suitcases on a private jet from Colombian Bogota that landed in British Hampshire on Monday, the UK Home Office reported. Each case appeared to contain between 34 to 37 tape wrapped packages weighing approximately one kilo each.
Looks like someone is getting their head chopped off https://t.co/2EJyKfBejG— Chrollo Lucilfer (@MiloticSama) 30 января 2018 г.
Two British citizens have been among the five nabbed on suspicion of smuggling a whopping £50 million worth of the class A drug. The others are two Spaniards and an Italian man.
The news has immediately sparked an ironic reaction among the Twitterati community, some stating it is the old trick, while others opted for humorous expressions of pity that the cocaine won't find its way to the eager British consumers:
Fuck. Now how am I gonna tailgate for the Seahawks game in October?— Chris in Tacoma (@Chatham253) 30 января 2018 г.
⚡️ “Cocaine worth tens of millions seized at UK airport” https://t.co/SpjzHwETj7
Ah, the old "hide-the-drugs-by-closing-the-suitcase" trick— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) 30 января 2018 г.
"Five men were arrested after 500kg of cocaine was found in an airport at Farnborough. The plane was a private jet from Bogota and is one of the largest drugs finds in UK history" pic.twitter.com/8N2ODeQ8wx
Another user remarked, tongue-in-cheek, that this pair might have engaged in the operation:
According to a National Crime Agency (NCA) official, this is "a major seizure of cocaine, one of the largest flown into the UK by plane in many years."
"Working with law enforcement colleagues like the National Crime Agency (NCA) we are determined to prevent drug trafficking and bring those responsible to justice," The Mirror quoted Border Force deputy chief operating officer, Mike Stepney as saying.