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UK News Lorry driver arrested after £1.5m of drugs seized at Channel Tunnel terminal

14:32  31 july  2020
14:32  31 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a truck that has a sign on the side of a road: The drugs were seized at the Channel Tunnel terminal in northern France (Stefan Rousseau/PA) © Stefan Rousseau The drugs were seized at the Channel Tunnel terminal in northern France (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

A lorry driver has been arrested after police seized cannabis worth an estimated £1.5 million at the UK-France border.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said the 43-year-old was detained at the Channel Tunnel terminal in Coquelles, northern France, on Thursday morning.

Border Force officers recovered around 150 kilos of cannabis with an estimated street value of £1.5 million from a vehicle, as well as £2,000 in cash.

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Lithuanian lorry driver Vaidas Guoga (33), worked for a legitimate company but would make unscheduled stops en route to the UK to collect the drugs to be imported. He would deviate from his scheduled route to West Bromwich where he would be met by a member of the gang in Colliery Road

The Channel Tunnel (French: Le tunnel sous la Manche), also referred to as the Chunnel, is a 50.45-kilometre (31.35 mi) railway tunnel that connects Folkestone (Kent, England, UK) with Coquelles

The NCA said the man, from Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, was later released under investigation.

Officers from the agency and Police Scotland have searched properties in Motherwell, and nearby Bellshill and Shotts.

NCA Scotland branch operations manager John McGowan said: “This is a significant drug seizure involving NCA teams in Scotland and England working together with partners including Border Force and Police Scotland.

“Together we are determined to do all we can to stem the supply of illicit drugs to Scotland, where they can do so much damage to our communities.”


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