Arrests after police seize cocaine worth £3m at Dover

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Cocaine with a street value of £3m was seized by police and Border Force officers

Police have found cocaine with a street value of about £3m in a lorry and arrested three men.

National Crime Agency (NCA) and Border Force officers discovered 36kg of the drug inside what is believed to be a purpose built hide in the truck.

The lorry arrived in Dover from France at 22:00 BST on Thursday, the NCA said.

The driver, a 50-year-old man from County Armagh in Northern Ireland, was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to import Class A drugs.

Shortly afterwards NCA officers arrested a 56-year-old man from Kingswood in Kent.

A 40-year-old, from River near Dover, was detained at a haulage yard in the town on Friday, also on suspicion of conspiring to import Class A drugs.

All three men remain in custody and will be questioned by NCA investigators.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland were involved in searching properties in County Londonderry and County Armagh.

NCA regional head of investigations Gerry McLean said: "This was a significant seizure of Class A drugs which would have generated a large amount of profit for criminals involved in drug supply."

Dave Smith, Border Force regional director, said: "We will continue to work with the NCA to bring drugs smugglers to justice."

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