A DUTCHMAN has been charged with drug smuggling after drugs with a street value of £1.5m were seized at the Port of Tyne.
The seizure was made on December 7 by Border Force officers who stopped a lorry as it came off a ferry from Ijmuiden in the Netherlands.
After initial checks on documentation the trailer was inspected and officers discovered 110kg of heroin/cocaine, 170kg of cannabis and 50kg of amphetamine.
The investigation was handed over to the National Crime Agency, which has now brought charges against Johannes Huizer.
He was charged with importation of Class A and Class B drugs and appeared before North Tyneside Magistrates on December 17.
He was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Newcastle Crown Court on January 2.
Christine Brown, assistant director for Border Force, said: “This was an excellent seizure by our officers, and it has kept a large amount of harmful drugs off our streets.
“We will continue to work hard to keep our borders safe and crack down on drug smuggling.”
Anyone with information about activity they suspect may be linked to smuggling should call our hotline on 0800 59 5000.