HIGH purity cocaine with a value of more than £200,000 has been seized after being transported into Rosyth by ferry.

A National Crime Agency investigation is underway after the discovery of around five kilos of the class A drug on a trailer carrying metal.

The ferry had sailed from Zeebrugge in Belgium and the drugs were detained by Border Force officers in late March, but the details can only now be reported.

John McGowan, head of the NCA Scotland border investigation team, said: “We are now working to establish where the cocaine came from and what the eventual destination was.

“In making this seizure we have taken a significant quantity of class A drugs and potential profit out of the hands of criminals.”

The drugs were in a metal container secured underneath the flat-bed by strong magnets.

The NCA said the cocaine would have had a wholesale value to organised crime in excess of £200,000, but if cut and sold on the streets could have made much more.

Investigators believe the trailer had been transported unaccompanied on a ferry from Zeebrugge into the port of Rosyth, where it was collected and driven to Edinburgh.

The metal box containing the drugs was only discovered during a maintenance check after the trailer had delivered its legitimate load. Border Force and the NCA were then called in.