Police find £10m cocaine hidden amongst frozen fish

25 November 2019, 05:24

The drugs hidden in the van
The drugs hidden in the van. Picture: NCA
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

A driver will appear in court on Monday after cocaine with an estimated street value of £10 million was found hidden in a load of frozen fish.

A man from Berkshire has been charged by National Crime Agency officers following a seizure of almost 100 kilos of cocaine at Newhaven port in East Sussex.

The haul was discovered in the back of a refrigerated van when it was searched as it came off a ferry, early on Saturday.

James Satterley, 50, from Maidenhead was charged with importing class A drugs and is due before Brighton Magistrates' Court.

The drugs were found in the back of a van
The drugs were found in the back of a van. Picture: NCA

NCA Senior Investigating Officer Paul Morris said:“NCA officers are working alongside Border Force, Sussex Police, Thames Valley Police and the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit to investigate this seizure and the circumstances around it.Newhaven1

“Working with partners we are determined to do all we can to disrupt the organised crime groups involved in the large-scale importation of class A drugs, which fuel serious violence and impact some of the most vulnerable members of our society. Making seizures like this is an important part of that work.”