England

English Channel drugs case: Four appear in court

Cannabis haul
Image caption The Dutch-registered yacht was escorted into Newhaven Harbour by the UK Border Agency

Four men charged after cannabis with a street value of about £12m was seized in the English Channel have been committed to Lewes Crown Court.

The four were charged with importing controlled drugs after a Dutch-registered yacht was intercepted by the UK Border Agency off the Sussex coast.

The yacht was escorted into Newhaven Harbour on 24 July and officers found about four tonnes of cannabis.

The four men were remanded in custody by Brighton magistrates on Monday.

The four charged are: Al John Turner, 54, of Hargham Heath, Attleborough, Norfolk; Mark Nicholas Timothy, 59, of Sandown Close, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex; Johna Sijbolt Bouma, 64, from Amsterdam and Franciscus Hubertus De Geus, 66, also from Amsterdam.

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