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huge seizure Irish man arrested after €6.7m of heroin and cocaine found in lorry destined for Kent

The drugs were found wrapped in tape hidden inside boxes of Belgian chocolate

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The cocaine and heroin packages were destined for a location in Maidstone, Kent

The cocaine and heroin packages were destined for a location in Maidstone, Kent

The cocaine and heroin packages were destined for a location in Maidstone, Kent

An Irish national has been arrested in England following the discovery of €6.7m worth of heroin and cocaine in a lorry.

Robert Wilkin (64), who had been living in Tilbury in Essex, was questioned by officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) after the lorry he was driving was stopped at the Coquelles Channel Tunnel terminal last Thursday, August 12.

The truck which was registered in Poland had been carrying a load of Belgian chocolates which was to be delivered to a location in Maidstone, Kent.

Border Force officers found the tape wrapped packages hidden in two pallets of the chocolates, and in total 63 kilos of heroin and 32 kilos of cocaine were seized.

Officers from the NCA later charged Wilkin with attempting to import a class A drug.

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The packages were found inside boxes of Belgian chocolates

The packages were found inside boxes of Belgian chocolates

The packages were found inside boxes of Belgian chocolates

He appeared at Folkstone Magistrate’s Court on August 14 and where he was bailed to appear before Canterbury Crown Court on September 13.

NCA Branch Commander Martin Grace said: “This was a significant seizure of class A drugs of the type we see being distributed by violent and exploitative street gangs and county lines networks.

“Working with our law enforcement partners like Border Force we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle the organised crime groups involved in bringing these drugs to the UK.”

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