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Seven due in court after cocaine worth more than £90m seized in port raid

A team from the National Crime Agency led the raid at Sheerness port in Kent in the early hours of Monday.

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Bags of cocaine seized at the port in Sheerness, Kent on Monday. (National Crime Agency/PA)

Bags of cocaine seized at the port in Sheerness, Kent on Monday. (National Crime Agency/PA)

Bags of cocaine seized at the port in Sheerness, Kent on Monday. (National Crime Agency/PA)

Seven suspected members of a drug-smuggling ring accused of using an insider at a UK port have been arrested in an armed raid that saw the seizure of cocaine worth more than £90 million.

A team from the National Crime Agency (NCA) led the raid at Sheerness port in Kent in the early hours of Monday, with 100 officers involved.

Six people were arrested at the port, including a 27-year-old man who works as a security guard at the site, and a seventh man was held at his home in Hertfordshire.

Around 1.2 tonnes of cocaine was seized, which has a street value of more than £90 million.

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Investigators working at the site after the raid that led to seven arrests and the seizure of 1.2 tonnes of cocaine in the early hours of Monday. (National Crime Agency/PA)

Investigators working at the site after the raid that led to seven arrests and the seizure of 1.2 tonnes of cocaine in the early hours of Monday. (National Crime Agency/PA)

Investigators working at the site after the raid that led to seven arrests and the seizure of 1.2 tonnes of cocaine in the early hours of Monday. (National Crime Agency/PA)

All seven have been charged with conspiring to import class A drugs, and are due to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Investigators say the drugs were smuggled into the UK from Costa Rica, hidden inside a shipment of bananas.

Those charged are Michael Turner, 54, from Hertfordshire, Kyle Davidson, 30, and Danny Laird, 38, both from Buntingford, Hertfordshire, Ian Woodward, 33, from Ware, Hertfordshire, Joel McCaughey, 31, from Castlefield, Manchester, Darren Laurie, 50, of no fixed address, and Sam Elphick, 27, from Sheerness.

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