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05May94 UK: JACKER'S JOURNAL - BRITISH CUSTOMS AND EXCISE.

Blacktop contractors in Poland successfully fought off a challenge from a new 'whitetop' product from Venezuela with help from British Customs and Excise.Sharp-eyed customs men at Liverpool docks intercepted a cargo bound for Poland and listed as 'building materials'. The building materials turned out to be 48 drums of bitumen. Buried in the bitumen were containers of pure white cocaine with a street value of £400 million.This is a rather higher profit margin than the blackstuff manages, of course. But at least blacktop has a more durable street value. Which is not to be sniffed at. CONSTRUCTION NEWS