樸茨茅斯碼頭工人在1.18億英鎊的可卡因運輸審判後獲得自由

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樸茨茅斯碼頭工人在1.18億英鎊的可卡因運輸審判後獲得自由

兩名樸茨茅斯碼頭工人被指控密謀向英國進口1.18億英鎊的可卡因,在他們的審判陪審團被解除後,他們從法庭上走了出來。

重達1.5噸的毒品是4月份在荷蘭的一艘船上的香蕉托盤中發現的。

檢察官說,在陪審員無法達成裁決後,他們將尋求對44歲的共同被告邁克爾-喬丹進行重審。

48歲的卡車司機艾哈邁德-艾登(Ahmet Aydin),地址不詳,在審判過程中改變了他對共謀罪的認罪態度。

法院之前聽說,當來自哥倫比亞的貨船在荷蘭弗利辛恩停靠時,嗅探犬在兩個貨盤上發現了 "巨大 "的毒品貨物。

陪審團被告知,當局允許該船繼續前往樸茨茅斯的Portico貨運碼頭。

當船在漢普郡停靠時,邊境部隊官員用假塊和音頻設備替換了可卡因,法庭聽到。

檢察官羅賓-利奇(Robin Leach)表示,希爾西倫敦路的布徹先生和喬丹先生在碼頭與其他人交換貨盤時,顯然被閉路電視拍到。

他說,南海市聖大衛路的哈伍德先生和布徹先生後來將托盤裝上了艾登的貨車。

法庭聽到司機在A34公路的Sutton Scotney服務站停車,給樸茨茅斯的一個聯繫人發信息說 "這條路上有很多警察"。

利奇先生說,一名不同的司機隨後將車輛開往西米德蘭,當地警方在那裡展開了調查。

今年3月,在南安普敦碼頭的香蕉中發現了3.7噸可卡因--內政大臣普里蒂-帕特爾(Priti Patel)後來將這次查獲稱為2015年以來英國最大的一次。


Two Portsmouth dock workers accused of conspiring to import £118m of cocaine into the UK have walked free from court after their trial jury was discharged.

The drugs weighing 1.5 tonnes were found in pallets of bananas on a ship in the Netherlands in April.

Prosecutors said they would seek a retrial for co-accused Michael Jordan, 44, after jurors were unable to reach a verdict.

Lorry driver Ahmet Aydin, 48, of no known address, changed his plea to guilty of conspiracy during the course of the trial.

Sniffer dogs found the "colossal" drugs haul on two pallets when the cargo ship, travelling from Colombia, docked at Vlissingen in the Netherlands, the court previously heard.

Authorities allowed the vessel to continue to the Portico cargo terminal at Portsmouth, the jury was told.

When the ship docked in Hampshire, border force officers replaced the cocaine with dummy blocks and audio equipment, the court heard.

Prosecutor Robin Leach suggested Mr Butcher and Mr Jordan, of London Road, Hilsea, had apparently been caught on CCTV swapping the pallets with others at the docks.

He said Mr Harwood, of St David's Road, Southsea, and Mr Butcher later loaded pallets on to Aydin's lorry.

The court heard the driver stopped at Sutton Scotney services on the A34, messaging a contact in Portsmouth to say "there are many police on this route".

Mr Leach said a different driver then took the vehicle to the West Midlands, where local police launched an investigation.

In March, 3.7 tonnes of cocaine was found among bananas at Southampton docks - a seizure later described by Home Secretary Priti Patel as the UK's largest since 2015.

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