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25 November 2014, 16:09 | Updated: 25 November 2014, 17:00
Cocaine worth an estimated street value of £8m has been seized by Border Force officers at the Port of Harwich from a lorry carrying a load of Christmas trees.
Officers discovered the 54kgs of cocaine in the early hours of Monday (24 November).
The drugs were found in the floor of the lorry’s cab that had arrived at the port on a ferry from the Hook of Holland.
The lorry was pulling a trailer carrying a legitimate load of Christmas trees destined for Wolverhampton. The trees are currently being unloaded from the seized trailer and will still be transported to the West Midlands.
A 27-year-old Romanian man has been charged with importing a Class A drug.
He appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court today (25 November) and was remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on 2 February.