Driver Arrested After Discovery of Class A Drugs
Ross Patrick Deffley, of Arundel Crescent in Solihull, has been indicted by National Crime Agency investigators following the seizure of his van and drugs in Dover.
A total of 181 kg of cocaine and heroin was found on the evening of Tuesday, September 21 in a van containing cartons of nitrous oxide cans intended for catering, which were transported from the Netherlands.
Some of these boxes had been filled with drugs.
Border force officers also searched the cab of the van and found an expandable baton.
Deffley, 26, was questioned by NCA agents and later charged with attempting to import Class A drugs and possession of an offensive weapon.
He was due to appear in Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
NCA branch commander Mark Howes said: âThis was a large quantity of Class A drugs with an estimated market value of Â£ 7million.
âIts seizure dealt a blow to the criminal network behind the attempted importation.
âOrganized crime groups involved in drug trafficking are often responsible for violence and exploitation in our communities, so cutting off their supply lines protects the public from the harm class A drugs can cause.
âBy working alongside our Border Force partners, we continue to fight drug trafficking on the front lines. “
Dave Smith, Director of Border Force South East & Europe, said: âThis is a great example of a partnership to protect the UK from those determined to smuggle illegal drugs into the country. .
“This impressive discovery not only prevents criminals from making huge profits, but also prevents a huge amount of drugs from being peddled on our streets.”