Border Force officers have prevented an attempt to smuggle cocaine into the UK hidden in a lorry carrying a load of furniture.
The seizure was made on Sunday, 11 October, when officers stopped a Lithuanian registered lorry at Dover’s Eastern Docks.
They searched the vehicle and found an estimated 25 kilos of cocaine in a box which had been hidden amongst the furniture, and a further five kilos in the vehicle’s cab. The drugs had a potential street value of around £2.5 million and the investigation was referred to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Chris Philp, Minister for Immigration Compliance and the Courts, said:
Lithuanian national Ernestas Urbonas, 27, of no fixed UK address, was charged with the attempted importation of a Class A drug. He appeared at Maidstone Magistrates Court yesterday (13 October) and was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Canterbury Crown Court on 9 November.
Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.