Dover: Cocaine Seizure At Port

Border Force officers have seized cocaine with a street value of £1.2million from a lorry at the Port of Dover.

Officers at the inward freight controls at the Eastern Docks made the discovery after stopping and searching a Lithuanian-registered truck earlier this month.

The drugs were hidden in packages within the bodywork of the vehicle.  The contents tested positive to a field test for cocaine.

Lithuanian national, Ricardas GUDELIS, 45, of no fixed UK address, was arrested and the investigation passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA). 

He was later charged with the attempted drugs importation. 

At Folkestone Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 20 July, Gudelis withheld his plea and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on 17 August at Canterbury Crown Court. 

Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe said: "This is another example of how our officers have prevented dangerous Class A drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK.

"Every year Border Force officers seize Class A drugs worth hundreds of million of pounds. Working with law enforcement colleagues like the NCA we are determined to prevent drug trafficking."

Border Force officers use hi-tech search equipment to combat immigration crime and detect banned and restricted goods that smugglers attempt to bring into the country.

 They use an array of search techniques including sniffer dogs, carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners - as well as visual searches - to find well-hidden stowaways, illegal drugs, firearms and tobacco which would otherwise end up causing harm to local people, businesses and communities.

Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the hotline on 0800 59 5000.