Authorities Lead Multinational Drug Seizure at Felixstowe Port

British authorities announced the seizure one of the largest ever shipments of heroin intercepted at the port of Felixstowe aboard a container ship bound for Antwerp.  The shipment consisted of more than a ton for what was termed Class A narcotics.

According to Britain’s National Crime Agency, acting on information developed by investigators they were tracking a suspected shipment of drugs. The container was aboard the Maersk Sembawang, a 6500 TEU container ship registered in Singapore.

Working as part of a multi-national effort, the British authorities ordered the container removed from the ship when it arrived in Felixstowe. It was moved to a secure terminal where a search revealed more than 1,196 kg of heroin and morphine derivatives hidden in bags of rice. The more than a ton of narcotics discovered rivaled the 1.3 million tons and 398 kg of heroin seized in the all of last year by the NCA at Felixstowe.

 

Drugs were hidden in bags of rice in the container – photo courtesy of NCA

British authorities announced the seizure one of the largest ever shipments of heroin intercepted at the port of Felixstowe aboard a container ship bound for Antwerp.  The shipment consisted of more than a ton for what was termed Class A narcotics.

According to Britain’s National Crime Agency, acting on information developed by investigators they were tracking a suspected shipment of drugs. The container was aboard the Maersk Sembawang, a 6500 TEU container ship registered in Singapore.

Working as part of a multi-national effort, the British authorities ordered the container removed from the ship when it arrived in Felixstowe. It was moved to a secure terminal where a search revealed more than 1,196 kg of heroin and morphine derivatives hidden in bags of rice. The more than a ton of narcotics discovered rivaled the 1.3 tons and 398 kg of heroin seized in the all of last year by the NCA at Felixstowe.

The NCA placed the street value of the seizure at more than $150 million . . . .

. . . . continue reading the article on the Maritime Executive website here