Three in court after UK terror swoop

Three men appeared in court in Britain today charged following a counter-terrorism investigation into a network suspected of smuggling a banned stimulant drug from Britain to America.

Three men appeared in court in Britain today charged following a counter-terrorism investigation into a network suspected of smuggling a banned stimulant drug from Britain to America.

Adrian Wall, 49, Liiban Nursharif, 30, and Daud Ali, 40, were held on Tuesday after officers swooped on homes in London, Coventry and Cardiff.

They were arrested under the terrorism act as part of an investigation into the illegal exportation of khat to the US and Canada where it is a controlled substance.

The three men are jointly accused of conspiracy for allegedly mislabelling parcels being sent from the UK.

Married father-of-six Ali, who runs a taxi firm which has contracts with several schools, was also charged with possession of a fake Norwegian passport.

The three defendants spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth and addresses when they were brought before Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London.

They sat with arms folded during the hour-long hearing where Ali and Nursharif were remanded in custody.

Wall was granted bail subject to restrictions.

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