£30m Worth of Cocaine Seized at Harwich International Port, England
June 26: More than 300kg of cocaine found hidden in the back of a trailer has been seized by Border Force officers at Harwich International Port.
The narcotics were discovered when a lorry (truck) with a trailer was stopped as it disembarked from a ferry which had arrived from the Netherlands on June 26.
Officers examined the contents of the trailer, which were described as frozen meat, and discovered a number of solid white blocks concealed in a cardboard box under pallets.
A field test showed a positive indication for cocaine with an estimated street value of more than £30m (approx. $37.7m USD).
Following the seizure, the investigation was passed on to the National Crime Agency (NCA).
After being interviewed by NCA investigators, 41-year-old Marcel Keuken, a Dutch national from Ede in the Netherlands, was charged with the importation of a class A drug. He appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court on June 28 and was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 26.