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A man from Berkshire has been charged after the National Crime Agency found almost 100 kilos of cocaine concealed in frozen fish.
The haul was discovered at Newhaven port in East Sussex, where the fish has been packed into the rear of a refrigerated van which was searched by Border Force as it came off a ferry in the early hours of 23 November.
Officers recovered 97 packages containing approximately a kilo of cocaine each. The drugs have now been taken away for further analysis, but if cut and sold at street level it is likely the haul would have had a potential value of around £10 million ($12.8m).
The driver, 50-year-old James Satterley from Cookham in Maidenhead, was questioned by NCA officers and charged with importing class A drugs. He has been remanded in custody to appear before Brighton magistrates on Monday.
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.
"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."
The strange scenes were filmed by rescuers after members of the Colombian Navy spotted three men in Pacific Ocean, 30 nautical miles off the coast of Tumaco in the Narino Department of western Colombia.
In the video footage, you can see the men in the water - surrounded by packages of what was allegedly cocaine, according to local media reports.
The rescuers threw one of the men a life ring as the others used the packages to stay afloat. Local media said their boat is believed to have sunk after being hit by a big wave.
All three were rescued and given medical attention, having reportedly been floating for at least three hours.
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