Border force officials have seized cocaine with a street value of £680,000 after discovering the haul hidden among cans of Pepsi Max cola at the Port of Dover.
Officials found the 17 kilograms of the drug after searching a Bulgarian freight lorry that had arrived on a ferry from the Netherlands on Friday 9 December. Several packages were found hidden under a legitimate shipment of Pepsi Max. The investigation has been handed over to the National Crime Agency.
The driver, a 40-year-old man with dual Macedonian and Bulgarian nationality, was arrested and released on bail pending further enquiries.
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling can call the Border Force hotline on 0800 59 5000.
Two men have been arrested at Dover Eastern Docks in relation to terrorism offences.
The man, aged 22 and 20, were stopped by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit as they tried to leave the country.
They have been arrested under Section 5 Terrorism Act 2006, preparation of terrorism acts but the authorities have stressed that the arrests are not connected to events in Paris.
A heroin smuggler who went on the run, has today been given a 20-year jail sentence - even though he wasn't in court - and hasn't been found. David Birks went on the run having been given bail after his first court appearance.
Now the National Crime Agency, the British equivalent of the FBI, is appealing for information about the whereabouts of the 42-year-old, who organised a cross-channel drugs run that would have netted nearly two million pounds. John Ryall was at Canterbury Crown Court.
A drug smuggler who conspired to bring £1.8m worth of heroin through the Port of Dover has been sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
David Birks aged 42 from Rotherham was sentenced in absentia. He went on the run and failed to attend the trial at Canterbury Crown Court.
The system that turns the M20 into a lorry park could come into force more often when a new way of checking passports begins next month.
That's the warning from the Freight Transport Association. It says Operation Stack will need to be used on the motorway because of the time needed to check documents at Folkestone and Dover.
From the 8th of April, anyone leaving the UK will have to have their passports checked by hand.
Plans for a massive development of the Port of Dover can go ahead after the Shipping Minister arrived in the town to lay out his plan for the Port's future today.
He said he wanted to put the people of Dover at the heart of decision making - and allow the board to raise the money needed for its ambitious development plans.
Sarah Saunders spoke to Shipping Minister Stephen Hammond, Chairman of Dover Harbour Board, UNITE steward Michael Doel and Dover MP Charlie Elphicke.
Shipping and Ports Minister Stephen Hammond has set out plans for the future of the Port of Dover.
The plans will enable the community and port to work together, boosting commercial development and potentially regenerating the port.
Stephen Hammond said:
Cocaine - potentially worth millions of pounds - has been seized at one of Britain's main gateways, in Kent, in a lorry carrying a cargo of plastics.
Around 138lb (63kg) of the Class A drug were found in bags in the cab of a Swiss-registered vehicle at the Port of Dover.
Border Force officials said that once cut and sold on the streets, the potential value of the drug could have run into millions of pounds.
Two Italian men, lorry driver Santo Virgadaula and passenger Giambattista Rovillo, both 53, have been charged following Monday's seizure.
They were both remanded in custody when they appeared at Folkestone Magistrates' Court and will appear at Canterbury Crown Court on February 3.
The case has been passed to the National Crime Agency for further investigation.
Paul Morgan, director of Border Force South East and Europe, described it as a "significant seizure".