Things go better with Coke? Perhaps the jingle should be updated to “rings go better with coke” after U.K. police intercepted a massive shipment of cocaine entering the country in boxes of frozen onion rings.
According to the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency (NCA), Border Force officers stopped a bus driver at the U.K. inbound zone of Coquelles, France. The drugs weighed in at a total of 921 pounds, with a street value of approximately $44 million.
The driver, Piotr Perzenowski, faces a charge of smuggling class A drugs. Perzenowski, 30, is a Polish citizen.
“This was a really significant amount of drugs taken out of circulation. The seizure will deprive the [organized] crime group responsible for them of profit which would have fueled more offending,” said National Crime Agency Branch Commander Mark Howes.
The seizure was one of many significant drug busts across Europe in recent months.
Portuguese police snagged five tons of cocaine from a yacht in the Atlantic Ocean with the help of U.S., British and Spanish task forces, while Ukrainian officials prevented over a ton of heroin from being smuggled into Western Europe.
U.S. and European agencies have also collaborated to bring down an international darknet drug trafficking network, arresting over 150 suspects and taking hundreds of pounds of drugs off the streets.
U.K.’s NCA is a law enforcement agency that fights organized crime in the country.