Drugs worth £800,000 found hidden in lorry full of crisps at Harwich International Port

The National Crime Agency (NCA) have charged a man with drugs offences after 20kg of heroin hidden inside a lorry load of crisps was seized at Harwich Port.

Authorities seized the drugs on Wednesday, 15 April, from a lorry which had arrived from Holland, having originally set off from Poland.

The NCA arrested Darius Urban, from Ostrzeszow in Poland, after confiscating the drugs, which are worth a street value of £800,000.

NCA photos show where the drugs were concealed in the lorry Credit: NCA

The 48-year-old has now been charged with attempting to import a class A drug, and appeared before Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Friday, 17 April. He will next appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on 15 May.

Mark Spoors, Branch Commander at the NCA, said: "The seizure of this significant amount of highly dangerous drugs supports our relentless mission to protect the public from harm.

"We work alongside law enforcement partners to detect and disrupt criminal activity.

"Law enforcement monitoring of the illicit drugs threat tells us that there are fewer drugs available in the UK and therefore prices are rising.

"This means drugs continue to be a valuable commodity and criminals will continue to work to run their criminal enterprises.