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Cannabis was hidden in frozen chips lorry, court is told

A Co Tyrone man has been charged with drug smuggling after he was allegedly found with 350 kilos of cannabis hidden in a load of frozen chips.

Nigel Donnelly was arrested following searches of a lorry and trailer at Dover's Eastern Docks by officials from the UK Border Agency.

The 42-year-old, with an address in Cookstown, was detained on February 17 at the inward freight controls.

UK Border Agency officers searched a lorry and trailer and uncovered the cannabis, which has an estimated street value of over £900,000. Officials said the drugs had been concealed in a load of frozen chips.

Donnelly was remanded in custody until February 25, when he will reappear at Dover Magistrates Court. Enquiries by UK Border Agency investigators are continuing.

The assistant director of criminal and financial investigations for the UK Border Agency, Malcolm Bragg, welcomed the seizure.

“UK Border Agency officers work tirelessly 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to detect and prevent drugs from being smuggled into the UK,” he said.

“Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to drug smuggling should call the Customs Hotline on: 0800 59 5000.”

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