Mon 15 November 2021:
A consignment of cocaine worth $44 million (£33 million) was intercepted in an onion ring container in Coquelles, France, according to officials at the UK border.
According to the country’s National Crime Agency (NCA), Border Force officials discovered the 922-pound (418 kg) package on Thursday evening after stopping a lorry bound for the United Kingdom.
Piotr Perzenowski, 30, has been charged with smuggling the shipment. On Saturday morning, he also appeared at Kent’s Folkestone Magistrates’ Court.
NCA’s branch commander Mark Howes said, “This was a really significant amount of drugs taken out of circulation. The seizure will deprive the organised crime group responsible for them of profit, which would have fuelled more offending.”
“Working with our partners such as Border Force, we will continue to fight the Class A drugs threat in our mission to protect the public,” Howes added.
The accused has been remanded in the case. He is scheduled to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on December 13.
(With inputs from agencies) | Cocaine (representative image)
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