n the morning of Tuesday, 21 November, Border Force officers at the inward freight controls at Dover’s Eastern Docks stopped and searched a Lithuanian-registered lorry finding packages concealed within the floor of the vehicle.
The contents of the packages tested positive to a field test for cocaine. The drugs weighed approximately 20 kilos and have a potential estimated street level value of £1.2 million.
A Lithuanian national, Mindaugus Antana Antanavicius, 38, has been arrested and the investigation passed to the National Crime Agency (NCA). He was later charged with the attempted drugs importation.
At Folkestone Magistrates Court on Wednesday, 22 November, Antanavicius, of no fixed UK address, withheld his plea and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on 20 December at Canterbury Crown Court.