Friday, 29 May 2009

Cocaine worth £30million was found in the back of a lorry heading for London

Cocaine worth £30million was found in the back of a lorry heading for London, cops revealed yesterday. The trucker and a passenger - both British and in their 50s - were being questioned by French detectives last night. Both men denied knowing anything about the coke but said they had been delivering their load to London where it was to be distributed throughout England and Scotland. Officers had become suspicious when the HGV was seen travelling erratically on the A9 Mediterranean coast motorway outside the city of Montpellier, southern France.
A spokesman said: "It's the biggest haul of cocaine ever seized in mainland France.
"The drugs were found on the lorry as it travelled from Spain. It's likely its ultimate destination was London. "At the moment, the driver and passenger can be held for up to four days but clearly this period will be extended if they are charged. "This is such an important find that budget minister Eric Woerth is coming to examine the drugs personally." The cocaine was hidden at the back of the lorry trailer, behind a pile of peat. It was distributed around 32 freshly painted cash registers which had been stacked on two wooden boards. Customs officers said the drug had also been packed inside a number of plastic bags and rubber containers sealed with silicon. Powerfully-smelling coffee beans had been placed throughout the lorry in an attempt to confuse sniffer dogs, said police.

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