Sunday, January 24, 2021

The truck detained by British authorities in Northern France on Tuesday evening last. Photo: NCA/UK

A TRUCK driver with a County Waterford address was arrested by the UK National Crime Agency following the seizure of 42 kilos of cocaine from his vehicle at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Northern France last Tuesday.

“The lorry driver, a 43-year-old man from Portlaw in County Waterford, was arrested on suspicion of importing controlled drugs and questioned by NCA investigators before being released under investigation,” according to the NCA.

The estimated street value of the seized drugs, if cut and sold in the UK,”is around £3 million”.

The vehicle, carrying a load of whey protein powder, was searched having entered the terminal’s UK at Coquelles, France, on Tuesday evening last, January 19.

Border Force teams, who worked with the NCA on the operation, found 42 tape-wrapped packages of cocaine hidden amongst the pallets.

Said NCA Dover Branch Operations manager Debbie Cook: “This was a considerable quantity of class A drugs, and the seizure will be a big hit to the criminal enterprise involved.

“Working with Border Force and other law enforcement partners we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle smuggling gangs, take their contraband off them and stop it reaching our streets.”

Ms Cook concluded: “Our investigation into this seizure continues.”

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