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Huge haul Man charged after cocaine worth €38m found in onion ring shipment entering UK

Border Force officers found the Class A drugs when they stopped a lorry at the UK inbound zone in France on Thursday.


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A man has been charged after a huge haul of cocaine worth approximately £33 million (€38 million) was found in a shipment of onion rings.

Border Force officers found the Class A drugs, which weighed 418kg, when they stopped a lorry at the UK inbound zone in Coquelles, in northern France on Thursday.

Piotr Perzenowski (30), originally from Mazowieckie in Poland, was charged with smuggling Class A drugs.

On Saturday morning, he appeared at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court and was remanded to appear at Canterbury Crown Court on December 13th.

National Crime Agency Branch Commander Mark Howes said: “This was a really significant amount of drugs taken out of circulation.

“The seizure will deprive the organised crime group responsible for them of profit which would have fuelled more offending.

“Working with our partners such as Border Force we will continue to fight the Class A drugs threat in our mission to protect the public.”

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