Acton man charged with importing £10m worth of cocaine inside bananas

Image above: unboxed bananas which appear to be partially covered in cocaine

Cocaine bananas seized at Portsmouth International Port 

Three men, including one from Western Avenue in Acton, are to appear in court today (31 January) having been charged with importing cocaine which was discovered in two shipments of bananas.

The drugs were found by Border Force officers at Portsmouth International Port on 20 and 26 January.

The two shipments were traced to an address in Acton where Met Police officers made three arrests.

Nathanael Colado-Jiminez, 30 of Western Avenue, Acton along with Jose Manuel Perez De La Cruz, 37 of Thomson House, Beckway and Ronny Sierra Guerrero, 34 of no fixed address will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates Court.

UK Border Force officers searched the shipments and discovered the drugs, with a street value of £10m, hidden within the cardboard packaging. Metropolitan Police specialist crime officers helped to gather further evidence and their investigations led them to an address in Acton where they arrested the three men.

Det Ch Insp Lewis Sanderson, whose team is leading the investigation, said:

“Working closely with UK Border Force has been integral in acting so quickly and arresting those suspected of these offences.

“I have no doubt these drugs were intended to be sold across London and beyond. By working together we can dismantle large-scale drug networks who profiteer from vulnerable people and cause misery.”

Image above: Dozens of boxes of cocaine bananas