Thirty kilos of cocaine have been seized at Dover hidden in the bodywork of a Lithuanian-registered lorry.

Border Force officers at the Eastern Docks stopped the lorry just before 10pm on Monday July 18. They found packages in the bodywork of the vehicle, with tests later confirming them to contain 30kg of cocaine.

The Class A drug is estimated to have a street value of £1.2million.

Lithuanian national Ricardas Gudelis, of no fixed UK address, was arrested and the investigation passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA). He was later charged with the attempted drugs importation.

The 45-year-old appeared at Folkestone Wednesday 20 July. No plea was entered and he was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Canterbury Crown Court.

This is another example of how our officers have prevented dangerous Class A drugs from ending up on the streets of the UK.

Paul Morgan, Director of Border Force South East and Europe