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Driver charged after drugs £20 million found wrapped in meat

A truck driver's been charged after more than twenty million pounds worth of cocaine was found in a refrigerated lorry at Harwich.

The drugs were found wrapped in blocks of frozen meat and then loaded onto pallets in the back of the truck.

More than 200 kilos was seized.

Driver charged after drugs £20 million found wrapped in meat Credit: NCA

The lorry driver, 48-year-old Robert Tromp from Hillegom in the Netherlands, was questioned by investigators from The National Crime Agency and later charged with an importation offence.

Driver charged after drugs £20 million found wrapped in meat Credit: NCA

He's appeared before Colchester magistrates where he was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court on 12 December.

Driver charged after drugs £20 million found wrapped in meat Credit: NCA

While forensic checks are still being carried out on this seizure, it is likely that the total haul would have had a street value in excess of £20 million once cut and sold at a street purity level. Our investigation into those responsible is continuing, but we can say that this will have put a big dent in the profits of the criminal network likely to be behind it and caused them substantial disruption. The illicit drug trade is a key driver behind the gang violence and exploitation we see on UK streets, which is why we, along with partners like Border Force, are determined to do all we can to stop drugs at source and protect the public. This was an excellent detection by our Border Force colleagues."

– Jacque Beer, National Crime Agency