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Guilty plea for cocaine smuggling attempt

A Romanian man has pleaded guilty, at his first court appearance, to attempting to smuggle approximately 12 kilos of cocaine into the UK.

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Would-be cocaine smuggler pleads guilty

A Romanian man has pleaded guilty, at his first court appearance, to attempting to smuggle approximately 12 kilos of cocaine into the UK.

The drugs had an estimated street value of up to £480,000.

Canterbury Magistrates Court heard that Border Force officers at Dover’s Eastern Docks stopped a Romanian-registered van on Sunday 4th August.

After questioning the driver, Gheorghe Antonie, officers searched the vehicle. They found drugs hidden inside the load of fabric and magnetic door releases.

Antonie was arrested and charged with the importation of the class A drug. He pleaded guilty at Canterbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday 6 August and will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court a later date.

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