Ashford man charged after cocaine haul at Channel Tunnel
A drugs smuggler appeared
before magistrates on Monday, after pleading guilty to bringing
five kilos of cocaine into the country.
David Perry, a
32-year-old from Ashford, was discovered with £500,000 worth of the
Class A drug when border force officers stopped a Dutch-registered
lorry at the Channel Tunnel.
The lorry and its load of
machinery were searched and officers found the narcotics in a
refrigerator in the vehicle’s cab.
Mr Perry appeared via a
video link at Canterbury Magistrates Court, charged with the
He pleaded guilty and was
remanded in custody.
He will next appear at
Canterbury Crown Court on a date to be confirmed.
Paul Morgan, director of
Border Force South East and Europe, said: “Border Force officers
work to keep the UK’s border secure and to make life as tough as
possible for those who seek to profit from this evil trade in
“Those who engage in
illegal drug smuggling should be in no doubt that they will be
targeted and brought to justice.”
Anyone with information about
activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling can call the
smuggling hotline on 0800 59 5000.
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