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Maldon: Lorry stopped on A12 in £13 million drug seizure

17:09 05 February 2013

The lorry was stopped on the A12 in Essex

The lorry was stopped on the A12 in Essex

A MAN is in custody today after drugs worth £13 million were found in a warehouse after a lorry was stopped near Maldon.

Officers from the Met Police’s Central Task Force East stopped an articulated lorry on the A12 near Maldon as it headed towards London yesterday.

There were no drugs inside the lorry but documents led them to a warehouse in Oliver Close, Grays, Essex.

There two pallets were found, loaded with drugs and awaiting collection.

Recovered were 35 kilos of cocaine, 270 kilos of amphetamine and 100 kilos of cannabis.

Tests will be carried out but the drugs are believed to be worth around £13million once sold on the streets.

The lorry driver, aged 40, was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the supply of drugs and remains in custody at an east police station.

Acting Detective Inspector Tim Grinsted said: “This significant seizure will prevent a huge amount of drugs from ending up on streets.

“The Central Task Force will continue to pursue organised criminals that profit from the misery of others.” Enquiries continue to establish where the drugs were due to be delivered to and where they had come from.

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