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No whey Irish truck driver arrested in France after €3.3m of cocaine found in lorry carrying whey powder

He was arrested on suspicion of importing controlled drugs and questioned by National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators before being released under investigation.

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An Irish truck driver was arrested in France after 42 kilos of cocaine were seized from his lorry at the Channel Tunnel terminal.

He was detained on suspicion of importing controlled drugs and questioned by National Crime Agency (NCA) investigators before being released under investigation.

The discovery was made after a search of the vehicle which was carrying whey protein powder as it entered the UK zone of the terminal in Coquelles, northern France, on the evening of Tuesday, January 19.

Border Force teams, who were working with the NCA, found 42 tape-wrapped packages of cocaine hidden amongst the pallets.

It's understood the drugs would have had an estimated street value of around £3 million (€3.3m) if cut and sold in the UK.

NCA Dover branch operations manager Debbie Cook said: “This was a considerable quantity of class A drugs, and the seizure will be a big hit to the criminal enterprise involved.

“Working with Border Force and other law enforcement partners we are determined to do all we can to disrupt and dismantle smuggling gangs, take their contraband off them and stop it reaching our streets.

“Our investigation into this seizure continues.”

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