Brazilian police today seized nearly half a tonne of cocaine worth more than £50 million which was about to be shipped to Britain.
The massive haul was found yesterday inside two containers loaded with paper just hours before they were due to leave the country’s port of Santos, bound for Liverpool.
Some 453kg of cocaine were distributed in bricks in 16 bags hidden inside the shipment.
The containers, which were being transported on a German ship, were due to be transferred to another ship in Antwerp, Belgium, before heading on to Liverpool, Brazil’s Inland Revenue said.
No-one was arrested and the drugs, believed to have come from Colombia and Paraguay, were passed on to Federal Police, who have launched an investigation, a spokesman added.
The haul brings to over 900kg the amount of drugs destined for the UK which have been seized at Santos, Brazil’s largest port, in the last week.