A Co. Armagh man is one of three people who have charged after cocaine with a potential street value of around £3 million was seized on a lorry on board a ferry at Dover.
It comes after a National Crime Agency investigation into drugs supply.
Gary Sloan, 50, of Magheralin, and Jason Bunce, 57, of Kingswood, Kent, have been charged with conspiracy to import Class A drugs. They were due to appear at Canterbury Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.
A 40-year-old man from Dover who was arrested has been released under investigation.
NCA investigators, supported by Border Force officers, recovered 36 kilos of cocaine from what is believed to be a purpose built hide in a lorry that had travelled on a ferry from France into Dover at around 10pm on Thursday night.
NCA identified the lorry driver as Sloan and he was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs.
Shortly afterwards NCA officers arrested a second man in Kent for the same offence. The 56-year-old was stopped near Dover.
A 40-year-old from River near Dover had been detained at a haulage yard in the town, also on suspicion of conspiring to import class A drugs. He has now been released under investigation.
As part of their investigation NCA officers, working jointly with colleagues from the PSNI, have searched properties in County Armagh and Derry/Londonderry.
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