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Essex drugs arrests: Two men face extradition to France

Microlight in NCA case
Image caption The microlight was allegedly used in attempt to smuggle drugs from France

Two British men are facing extradition to France after being arrested as part of a cross-Channel investigation into drug trafficking and money laundering.

Daniel Dibden, 30, and Joseph Harrison, 26, both from Essex, were held after nearly 70kg (154lbs) of class A drugs and £6,000 in cash were found at a property in South Ockenden on Thursday.

French authorities are seeking their extradition for alleged drug smuggling.

The men appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court earlier.

Officers from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), the National Crime Agency, Essex Police and the French judicial police carried out search warrants at two Essex properties.

Officers found one third of a kilogram of cannabis, 6kg of cocaine and 63kg of amphetamine paste.

Magistrates ordered that Mr Dibden, of Rollason Way, Brentwood, and Mr Harrison, of The Street, South Ockenden, remain in custody ahead of another hearing on the French application at the same court on Monday.

The two arrests follow the detention in the past 18 months of three British men for allegedly trying to import drugs into Britain from northern France in a light aircraft.

All three are currently awaiting trial in France.

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