Anti-drug cops have seized nearly half a tonne of Colombian cocaine flown into Britain by private jet.
The £50m bust at Surrey’s Farnborough Airport is thought to be the largest seizure in the history of the British border force.
Specially-trained cops found nearly 500kg of the Class A drug neatly packed in 50 designer suitcases after boarding the plane.
The private jet arrived from Bogota on Monday morning carrying the drugs and five passengers, who were arrested on the spot on suspicion of importing class A drugs.
The crew of the plane were questioned and were released without charge.
The passengers included two Brits, two Spaniards and an Italian.
Border Force deputy chief operating officer Mike Stepney said: “Working with law enforcement colleagues like the National Crime Agency we are determined to prevent drug trafficking and bring those responsible to justice.
“This was a significant find made possible by the vigilance of dedicated Border Force officers. They have prevented a substantial quantity of drugs from ending up on our streets and causing untold misery and damage to our communities. Read more