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Customs officers investigate drug haul

PUBLISHED: 23:30 13 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:56 02 March 2010

IPSWICH customs officers are today conducting an international inquiry after amphetamines worth nearly £3.5m were seized coming into the country.

Specialist officers for the National Investigation Service in Suffolk were called in after colleagues discovered 361 kilos of the Class A drug.

IPSWICH customs officers are today conducting an international inquiry after amphetamines worth nearly £3.5m were seized coming into the country.

Specialist officers for the National Investigation Service in Suffolk were called in after colleagues discovered 361 kilos of the Class A drug.

The haul was found in a consignment of ovens that arrived from Denmark.

Uniformed customs officers uncovered the drugs when they stopped and searched a Mercedes Sprint van.

A Polish national, Roman Sadowski, was arrested and charged with the importation of amphetamines shortly after.

The 34-year-old appeared before Colchester Magistrates Court yesterday and was remanded in custody until his next appearance at the same court on July 7.

Sadowski arrived in Britain at Harwich International Port early on Wednesday morning. He is understood to have travelled across from Esbjerg in Denmark on the passenger ferry, MV Dana Sirena.

It is believed the Mercedes van had originally set off from Sweden.

The vehicle was said to be carrying a consignment of ovens. But when it was searched large amounts of white powder were discovered in cardboard boxes within the load.

Sadowski was arrested and taken to Clacton police station for questioning. HM Customs believe the amphetamines seized would have been worth an approximate street value of £3,248,000. The purity of the load has not been determined yet.

Amphetamines are primarily sold around the nightlife scene.

One gram of amphetamines could be bought for around £8 on the street.

In the past customs officers have said importations have tended to go to the larger towns and cities before being distributed to dealers across the country.


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