UK Border Force find £7m worth drugs in ice cream lorry

Drugs worth an estimated £7m were seized at one of Britain’s main gateways concealed in a lorry laden with ice cream.

UK Border Force find £7m worth drugs in ice cream lorry

Drugs worth an estimated £7m were seized at one of Britain’s main gateways concealed in a lorry laden with ice cream.

Almost 200lbs (90kg) of cocaine and 138lbs (63kg) of heroin were found after a sniffer dog showed interest in the rear of a Dutch-registered lorry.

When investigators searched the HGV at the Port of Dover’s eastern docks, the drugs were discovered hidden within the lorry’s bodywork.

A 30-year-old man from the Netherlands was held and bailed for three months while inquiries continue by officers from the UK National Crime Agency (NCA).

UK Border Force officers use an array of measures to detect banned and restricted goods and combat immigration at Britain’s gateways.

As well as sniffer dogs, they also use carbon monoxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and scanners to find drugs, stowaways, firearms and tobacco.

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