Man charged with drug smuggling after cocaine seized

A 22 year-old man from Kent has been charged with drug smuggling after Border Force officers at Dover seized amphetamine and cocaine worth an estimated £400,000.

The drugs were discovered last Wednesday when officers at Dover’s EasternDocks stopped and searched a van.

The drugs were found in the floor of the vehicle. Thomas John Mayes, from Kemsley Street, Bredhurst, Gillingham, appeared at Canterbury Magistrates Court on Friday charged with the importation. He withheld his plea and was remanded in custody. He will appear at Canterbury Crown Court on 10 March.

The amphetamine had an estimated value of £300,000 and the cocaine, once cut and sold on the streets, £100,000.

Following the seizure by Border Force, the investigation and prosecution are being carried out by the National Crime Agency.