Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Bury St Edmunds/Colchester: Soldier charged with attempting to smuggle five kilos of cocaine through Heathrow Airport

17:03 10 January 2014

Soldier in court on drug charge

Soldier in court on drug charge

Archant

A soldier from Bury St Edmunds has appeared in court charged with smuggling a large amount of cocaine into the country.

shares

Daryl Archer, who is now based at Colchester barracks, is accused of attempting to import five kilogrammes (11lbs) of the Class A drug.

The 26-year-old made his first appearance before Uxbridge Magistrates Court in north London yesterday.

It is alleged that on Wednesday he was concerned in the fraudulent evasion of a prohibition on the importation of a Class A drug.

Archer is a private with 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.

He was arrested at Heathrow Airport. Officers detained Archer after he is said to have travelled back from Brazil.

After being interviewed by Border Force staff following his arrival on a flight from Sao Paulo, he was handed over to officers from the National Crime Agency.

Archer was subsequently charged with the drug offence and held in custody overnight.

Tests are still be carried out on the cocaine which was found and therefore no value has been put up the Class A drug at this stage.

Due to the serious nature of the allegation Archer’s case has now been committed to crown court.

A preliminary hearing was scheduled to take place at Isleworth Crown Court in Greater London on January 23.

Magistrates remanded Archer in custody until his next appearance in court.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence based at Colchester confirmed one of its soldiers had been arrested.

He said: “We can confirm that on 8 January 2014, a serving soldier with 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps was arrested at Heathrow airport for alleged importation of a controlled substance.”

A statement for the Border Force read: “On Wednesday, January 8, Daryl Archer, 26, formerly of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, but now living in Merville Barracks, Colchester, was arrested by Border Force officers after arriving into Heathrow’s Terminal 1 on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“It followed the seizure of around five kilos of cocaine.

“The case was referred to the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command and Archer was later charged with attempting to import a class A drug.”

A Home Office spokesman added: “In making this seizure Border Force officers have prevented a substantial amount of class A drugs reaching the streets of the UK.”

shares

0 comments

Barry Studd wins Holywells Ward at the local election count at Ipswich Corn Exchange.

It was a bad night for the Tories in Ipswich - and a great one for Labour as they gained two seats on the borough council.

From left, Morgan O’Sullivan of Cushman, Simon Jennings of Ernest Doe & Sons, Darren Baldwin of Tottenham Hotspur FC and Andy Turbin, also fo Ernest Doe & Sons, with the fleet of electric vehicles supplied for the club's training ground.
Photo: Contributed

Tottenham Hotspur weren’t quite able to cut it in the Premier League, just missing out on this year’s title to Leicester City.

The Colchester Borough Election count at Charter Hall.

Here we bring you the results as they are announced from yesterday’s council and police and crime commissioner elections.

The crash happened in Granville Street, which is just off Norwich Road.

A man has been taken to hospital with a leg injury after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in Granville Street, Ipswich.

Pub quiz.

British author and mathematician Bertrand Russell said: “There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge.”

Pupils from Holbrook primary with some of the 3D printed enhaler caps inspired but Tim Peake. 
Tristan and Jack

It isn’t every day your school gets a message from space.

Polling stations have now closed

Ballot boxes are being rounded up and votes will soon be verified following today’s local elections, and the police and crime commissioner ballots.

Stock image of the A12.

A number of ladders have fallen from a lorry onto the road and central reservation on the A12 at East Bergholt.

Twiggy is a big fan of Suffolk

Suffolk isn’t know for its glitz and glammer and A-list celebrities but there are an ‘A-Team’ of stars linked to the county, as Connor McLoone discovered.

File picture of two horse riders.

Fire, police and ambulance crews worked together to free a woman who was trapped under a horse in a ditch.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24