Slovenians Arrested in UK, Italy After Kilos of Cocaine Found in Trucks

By , 13 May 2020, 13:44 PM News
Cocaine that was seized by police and Border Force officers in Dover, UK Cocaine that was seized by police and Border Force officers in Dover, UK Photo: UK National Crime Agency

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STA, 13 May 2020 - Several Slovenian media outlets have reported on two separate recent incidents involving Slovenian citizens being caught smuggling large amounts of drugs in Great Britain and Italy, respectively.

A 50-year-old man from Koper was reportedly arrested in Dover in England on 26 April after 82 kilos of cocaine and three kilos of heroin were found his truck, while 40 kilos of cocaine were discovered by Italian police near Gorizia in a truck driven by a 46-year-old Slovenian late on Saturday.

Related, from 2019: UK Finds Slovenian Truck With Kilos of Cocaine in Dover

The Dover arrest has been confirmed by Slovenia's General Police Administration, which said Slovenian police are cooperating with the British authorities.

The value of the contraband seized in England is estimated by the British police at EUR 8 million, while the cocaine seized by carabinieri near the former Vrtojba border crossing would have had an estimated black market value of EUR 10 million.

Both men remain in detention abroad and are awaiting future proceedings.

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