Trial begins over alleged £34m cocaine haul at Brandon industrial unit

PUBLISHED: 14:23 18 July 2012

Trial begins over alleged £34m cocaine haul

Trial begins over alleged £34m cocaine haul

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The trial of a man charged in connection with what is believed to be Suffolk’s largest police haul of class A drugs has today (Wednesday) got under way.

Police swooped to arrest Frederick Colverson at a Brandon industrial estate last October after receiving a tip-off, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

David Holborn, prosecuting, said officers found cocaine with a street value of £34m concealed in a shipment of pineapples from Costa Rica.

He said police had watched a lorry arrive at the industrial unit in Highbury Road before hearing excited reactions to its cargo.

“Somebody was very excited about what he’d received,” added Mr Holborn.

Colverson, 56, was arrested at the scene, with his Volkswagen people carrier parked further down the road and with its keys left near its windscreen.

Mr Holborn said the lorry had arrived in Felixstowe on Monday, October 31, last year, before being driven to Brandon.

Colverson, 56, of Galsworthy Avenue, London, denies conspiring with others to supply cocaine. The trial continues.

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