£1million of cocaine seized from plane at Thirsk airfield

Following the seizure the investigation was handed to the National Crime Agency.
Following the seizure the investigation was handed to the National Crime Agency.
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A haul of cocaine worth £1million has been seized at Bagby Airfield, near Thirsk.

A man has appeared in court charged with importing class A drugs following a seizure of cocaine at a North Yorkshire airfield.
 


38-year-old Dean Ash, from Links Road, Acton, London, was arrested at the airfield on Sunday, October 18.
 


Border Force officers had attended the site to meet a light aircraft that had recently arrived from the Netherlands. They recovered around seven kilos of cocaine.
 


Following the seizure the investigation was handed to the National Crime Agency.
 


Ash appeared before Leeds Magistrates on Tuesday October 20 where he was remanded in custody to appear before Leeds Crown Court on November 3.


Paul Tallentire, from the NCA’s north east border investigation team, said:


“This was a substantial seizure of cocaine which if cut and sold in the UK would have had a likely potential street value in excess of £1 million.
 


“Our investigation into this attempted importation is ongoing and I would urge anyone with information regarding suspicious movements in or around UK airfields to get in touch, either by calling the police on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


“Working with law enforcement partners like Border Force and North Yorkshire Police we are determined to do all we can to prevent small airfields being used for criminal purposes.”

Mark Robinson, Assistant Director of Border Force Yorkshire & Humber, said:
 


“By thwarting this smuggling attempt we have stopped a sizeable amount of cocaine making it onto the streets of the UK.
 


“Seizures like this demonstrate how Border Force officers are at the forefront of the fight to keep illegal drugs and other banned substances out of the country.”