Wiltshire

Parcels found on dismantled plane contain cocaine

Archive image of a plane being recycled at RAF Kemble
Image caption The suspected drugs were found hidden in the toilet of a scrapped Jumbo jet

Tests on 3kg of suspected drugs, found on a plane being dismantled at Cotswold Airport, Wiltshire, have shown it to be cocaine.

The haul was found in October, hidden behind a panel of a toilet, by Air Salvage International (ASI) engineers taking apart a scrapped jumbo jet.

The UK Border Agency carried out tests on the packages and has launched an investigation.

A spokesman said it had an estimated street value of up to £300,000.

Each parcel measured 20 cm by 13 cm (8 in by 5 in) and each was found wrapped in plastic and black gaffer tape.

Air Salvage International dismantles aeroplanes at Cotswold Airport, whose runway crosses the Wiltshire/Gloucestershire border. It is the largest specialist breaker in Britain.

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