Published: 15:04, 06 September 2020
| Updated: 15:21, 06 September 2020
Two lorry drivers have been charged with money laundering offences after more than £1 million was discovered hidden away in trucks trying to leave Kent .
The cash was concealed in the refrigerated motor housing of the two vehicles at Dover’s Eastern Docks, on Friday morning.
Border Force officers stopped the first lorry at 2.45am and found approximately £830,000 in cash during their search.
Then, at 11am officers stopped a second lorry and found a further £330,000.
The drivers of both vehicles were Turkish nationals and said they were working for the same company in Belgium.
Both Yusuf Yukel, 50 and Dursun Mehmet Keles, 49, have now been charged with money laundering and are due in court.
Andrea Wilson, regional head of investigations at the National Crime Agency, said: "This was superb work by our Border Force colleagues.
"Money is the life blood of serious and organised crime.
"UK law enforcement has taken more than £1 million off this organised crime group which they can no longer invest in further offending."
Yukel has been remanded in custody and will appear for a hearing on Wednesday, October 7 at a court still to be confirmed.
Keles will appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (Monday) for a virtual hearing.