Border Force officers seize 260 kilos of cocaine from lorry

Border Force officers seize 260 kilos of cocaine from lorry

The seizure was made in Coquelles in Northern France

Border Force officers in France have seized more than 260 kilos of cocaine in a lorry bound for the UK.

The haul, which had a potential street value of around £20 million, was discovered within a number of plywood boxes in a lorry carrying a consignment of car parts after it was intercepted at Coquelles on Tuesday.

The driver of the lorry, a Romanian national, was arrested on suspicion of importing Class A drugs and the investigation was passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA). The driver was later released under investigation.

Chris Philp, minister for immigration compliance, said: "This seizure has taken millions of pounds worth of cocaine out of the hands of organised criminals and off our streets.

"Drugs are currency for organised gangs and are intrinsically linked to crime, violence and exploitation which is why we will do all we can to stop drug traffickers and bring them to justice."

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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