£13.4m drugs seized at Harwich

Cocaine and amphetamines with a potential street value of £13.4m have been seized by Border Force officers at the Port of Harwich.

The drugs were recovered by officers at 6am on Tuesday, January 29 from a lorry that had arrived at Harwich on a boat from the Hook of Holland.

When the vehicle and its load of soft drinks was searched, officers found approximately 35kg of cocaine and around 160kg of amphetamines.

A 44-year-old Dutch man, Farid Wenteler, has been charged with illegally importing a Class A drug.

He has appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates Court and has been remanded in custody until 21 February.