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14 July 2016, 10:16 | Updated: 14 July 2016, 10:19
Two separate attempted drug importations were prevented by Border Force officers at Dover over the weekend.
On Saturday, 9 July, Border Force officers at the inward tourist controls at Dover's Eastern Docks stopped and searched a Belgian-registered car, finding 94 packages within the floor of the vehicle.
The contents of the packages tested positive to a field test for heroin.
The drugs weighed approximately 24 kilos and have a potential estimated street level value of £1.2 million.
Belgian nationals Thomas Reynaers (67) and Andre Beeken (78) were arrested and the investigation passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
They were later charged with the attempted drugs importation.
At Folkestone Magistrates Court on Monday, 11 July, the pair pleaded not guilty and were remanded in custody until their next appearance on 8 August at Canterbury Crown Court.
The following day, Sunday, 10 July, Dover based officers made a second unconnected drug seizure this time finding 12 kilos of cocaine.
They stopped a British-registered car at the Dover inward tourist controls.
Officers then searched the car finding 12 packages of a white powder, which tested positive to cocaine, in the fuel tank.
The drugs weighed approximately 12 kilos with a potential estimated street level value of £480,000.
Kasir Rafiq, 43, of Hamlet Road, Birmingham, was arrested and the investigation passed to the NCA.
He was later charged with the attempted importation and appeared at Folkestone Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 12 July, where he pleaded not guilty.
Rafiq was remanded in custody and will next appear at Canterbury Crown Court on 9 August
The National Crime Agency is leading the investigations into both cases.
Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe said:
"By making these seizures, Border Force officers have prevented a substantial quantity of dangerous drugs from ending up on the streets. It demonstrates the excellent work our officers carry out to prevent smuggling of all kinds - whether it is illegal drugs, weapons, tobacco or stowaways.
"Working with law enforcement colleagues like the NCA we are determined to do all we can to prevent drug trafficking and put those responsible behind bars."
From UK Border Force