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Cocaine worth up to £500,000 seized at Gatwick Airport
1:32pm Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A man has appeared in court after Border Force officers seized about five kilos of cocaine at Gatwick Airport.
The drugs, which have an estimated street value of up to £500,000, were discovered on Sunday (September 29), when officers stopped a 43-year-old man who had arrived on a flight from Trinidad. After questioning him, the officers searched luggage and discovered the drugs.
A Border Force spokesman said Sherwin Selkridge, from Trinidad, appeared at Croydon Magistrates Court on Monday (September 30), charged with the attempted importation. He pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody.
The spokesman said Selkridge is due to appear at Croydon Crown Court again on Monday, October 14.
Carole Upshall, director of Border Force South, said: “Border Force is at the forefront of the fight to stop drugs entering the UK. “We are determined to protect society from this activity which can have such a destructive impact on communities, as well as individuals.”
She added: “Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call the hotline on 0800 59 5000.”
Border Force is a law enforcement command within the Home Office responsible for protecting the UK border and was created in March last year.