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£3m worth of cocaine found on ship

30 packages of cocaine were found in the ship's accommodation area. Credit: UK Border Agency

A haul of cocaine worth an estimated value of £3 million has been seized from a cargo ship that had arrived in east London. The drugs were found on Monday by Border Force officers carrying out a routine search on the ship from Brazil at the Thames Refinery, Silvertown.

Gatwick cocaine smugglers are jailed

The drug smugglers were caught with the cocaine in their luggage at Gatwick. Credit: Home Office

Four drug smugglers from Spain who tried to smuggle a massive haul of cocaine through Gatwick Airport have been jailed for a total of 42 years. They were caught with the drugs in their luggage after arriving in February. The cocaine was estimated to have a wholesale value of more than £4m.

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Court appearance

A suspected drug smuggler appeared in court today accused of flying into Heathrow with cocaine worth £250,000 in his luggage.

Lucian Petrica Codreanu, 27, was arrested at Terminal 5 yesterday after arriving on a flight from Rio de Janeiro, the UK Border Agency said.

Planes at Heathrow airport Credit: PA

Codreanu was remanded in custody charged with attempting to import a class A drug when he appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court this morning.

He will appear again at the same court for a committal hearing on June 19.

Marc Owen, of Heathrow's border force, said: "Border force officers are on constant alert to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the UK.

"Drug trafficking is a serious offence and those convicted face long prison sentences."

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