Two charged after cocaine found in banana shipment

Border Force officers are investigating after they seized approximately 47 kilos of cocaine from a cargo ship at Dover on Sunday 8 September. The drugs are being examined but it's believed once cut and sold on the streets they could have had a potential value running into millions of pounds.

Officers from Border Force’s national deep rummage team found the drugs when they searched the hold of the MV Lady Korcula which was carrying bananas from Ecuador.

Two men, Carlos Aurelio Martinez Ponguillo and Fausto Humberto Flores Novoa, both from Ecuador appeared at Canterbury Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 10 September.

Both pleaded not guilty, were remanded in custody and will next appear at Canterbury Crown court on 30 September.

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