Cocaine worth more than £500,000 has been seized at Gatwick Airport hidden inside rope.
The Class As were found inside lengths of rope used to secure pallets of food from Jamaica, including sweet potatoes and avocados.
The drugs were stuffed within ropes used to secure a pallet, in what investigators said was a sophisticated bid to smuggle 28lb (13kg) of cocaine through the airport.
But when Border Force officers examined the tubular rope closely last Thursday, they found it was stuffed with cocaine.
Border Force south regional director Carole Upshall said, “As this seizure shows, smugglers often employ sophisticated methods, this time using the external rope packaging to try to conceal the drugs. But our officers are on constant alert at the borders to prevent the trade in drugs like cocaine and stop it from reaching the streets.”
She said Border Force officials were working with the National Crime Agency to try to trace the organized crime gangs behind the smuggling bid.