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Man faces £3m drug smuggling charge

A 26-year-old man has been charged with smuggling heroin estimated to be worth £3 million after being stopped at the Channel Tunnel entrance.

UK Border Agency (UKBA) officers who stopped a coach en route to London at Coquelles in northern France found 31 heroin packages in a suitcase in the hold.

Mimoun Bounaouara, from the Netherlands, was charged and pleaded not guilty to drugs smuggling at Folkestone Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

A UKBA spokesman said he has been remanded in custody and will next appear at Dover Magistrates' Court on August 11 as inquiries continue.

Barbara Wilson, assistant director of Border Force South and Europe, said officers are on round-the-clock alert to keep banned substances out of the UK.


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