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UK News £20m of cocaine found wrapped inside frozen meat

04:30  13 november  2019
04:30  13 november  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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More than £ 20 m of cocaine has been found wrapped in blocks of frozen meat , the National Crime Agency says. More than 200kg of the drug had been packed inside the meat and loaded on to pallets in the back of the Dutch-registered truck.

Image caption The packages of cocaine wrapped in frozen meat were loaded on to pallets on the lorry. Mr Tromp appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court and has been remanded in custody. The 48-year-old is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on 12 December.

a piece of cake on a paper plate: The National Crime Agency has charged a truck driver with attempting to import class A drugs © Other The National Crime Agency has charged a truck driver with attempting to import class A drugs More than £20m of cocaine has been found wrapped in blocks of frozen meat, the National Crime Agency says.

The drugs were found after a refrigerated HGV was stopped and checked as it arrived into Harwich, Essex, from Hook of Holland on Monday.

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More than 200kg of the drug had been packed inside the meat and loaded on to pallets in the back of the Dutch-registered truck.

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Officers found £ 20 million worth of cocaine wrapped in frozen “blocks of meat ”. Jacque Beer, National Crime Agency (NCA) branch commander, said: “While forensic checks are still being carried out on this seizure, it is likely that the total haul would have had a street value in excess of £ 20 million

More than 300kg of cocaine was found concealed as frozen meat in the back of a lorry. Officers searched the contents of the lorry trailer, which had been described as frozen meat , on 26 June and discovered a number of solid white blocks concealed in a cardboard box under pallets.

The driver, 48-year-old Robert Tromp from Hillegom in the Netherlands, has been charged with attempting to import class A drugs.

He appeared at Colchester Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court on 12 December.

a close up of a door: The drugs were seized at Harwich as the Dutch-registered truck arrived © Other The drugs were seized at Harwich as the Dutch-registered truck arrived National Crime Agency branch commander Jacque Beer said: "While forensic checks are still being carried out on this seizure, it is likely that the total haul would have had a street value in excess of £20m once cut and sold at a street purity level.

"Our investigation into those responsible is continuing, but we can say that this will have put a big dent in the profits of the criminal network likely to be behind it and caused them substantial disruption."

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