Beds, Herts & Bucks

Man in court over £3m cocaine seizure

A man has appeared in court accused of possessing a Class A drug with intent to supply after a special police unit seized cocaine worth £3m.

Members of the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (Ersou) made the find after a car was stopped on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire.

Later a house in London was searched and nine kilos of cocaine uncovered.

A 43-year-old man appeared before magistrates in Chelmsford on Saturday and was remanded in custody.

He will appear before Harlow Magistrates' Court on Monday.

A 54-year-old man from London, who was also arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, was bailed until next year.

Ersou is a regional crime squad that tackles serious and organised crime in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridge and Essex.

Its deputy head, Det Ch Insp Mark Lay, said he was pleased that "Ersou has been able to recover such a large amount of drugs from within the eastern region".