A man from Leeds has been charged in connection with a plot to smuggle 90 kilos of rave drug MDMA into the UK as part of a consignment of out-of-date frozen chicken.
Christopher Byron Still, 67, was arrested at his home in Glen Grove, Morley, after border officers discovered the drugs hidden among food pallets that had arrived at the Lincolnshire port of Killingholme on a lorry from the Netherlands on Friday.
A kilo of class B drug methoxetamine was also found.
Around £13,000 in cash was seized at Still’s home while 30 kilos of amphetamine was recovered in a swoop on a business premises in Holbeck.
The MDMA and amphetamine would have had a likely street value of at least £4.5m.
Still has been charged with conspiring to import class A drugs, importing class B drugs, possession with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.
He is due to appear before Leeds Crown Court on December 22.
The driver of the lorry, a 52-year-old Dutch national, has been bailed.
National Crime Agency branch commander David Norris said: “Through close work with Border Force colleagues we have taken a substantial amount of class A and B drugs out of circulation and our investigation into this particular smuggling attempt continues.”