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Drug smugglers in court

PUBLISHED: 14:45 20 August 2001 | UPDATED: 10:26 03 March 2010

THREE Indonesians appeared at court in Ipswich today in relation to a £1 million cocaine smuggling deal.

The three men, who were all crew mates on the Nedlloyd Clement ship, are accused of being involved in the importation of 20 kilograms of the class A drug through the Port of Felixstowe.

THREE Indonesians appeared at court in Ipswich today in relation to a £1 million cocaine smuggling deal.

The three men, who were all crew mates on the Nedlloyd Clement ship, are accused of being involved in the importation of 20 kilograms of the class A drug through the Port of Felixstowe.

Richard Bernardus, 26, represented by Nicky Edgar; Isitiyarto Iskandar, 36, and Yayang Mardianus, 44, both represented by Mark Holt; were remanded in custody. There were no applications for bail.

Tom Brain, prosecuting the case for Customs and Excise, told magistrates that the men were arrested on Saturday aboard a ship at Felixstowe. None of the men have entered pleas to the charges.

Patrick Oudkerk, chairman of the bench, remanded the defendants to return to court on Friday, August 24.

At the next hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court the Indonesians will be joined by two Columbians who are also accused of being involved in the importation of the class A drug.

They are Jorge Arenas-Gomez and Xavier Bermudez Botero.

They appeared at the same court on Saturday morning charged with being knowingly concerned with importing drugs.

Arenas-Gomez, a 30-year-old dispatch rider, from Camden Town, in London, and Botero, an unemployed 27-year-old from Camden Town, were also arrested at the Port of Felixstowe. They were remanded in custody.

The two men, who wore dark T-shirts and jeans as they stood in the dock at court number three in the Elm Street building, spoke only to confirm their names and addresses to the court.

Neither of the men entered pleas to the cocaine smuggling charges at the ten minute hearing.

Mr Brain, prosecuting, said the men were arrested and charged with the offence on Friday.

He applied for both men to be remanded in custody.

Samantha Leigh, defending, did not make an application for bail.

Jacqueline Holmes, chairman of the bench, remanded both men in custody.

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