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Dock worker acquitted of conspiracy to import 1500 kgs of cocaine

24/11/2022

Clayton Harwood was one of five defendants charged with conspiring to import 1.5 tonnes of cocaine from Columbia. The street value of the drugs was considered to be approximately £120 million.

The NCA and Border Force had intercepted the drugs in Holland and prepared dummy pallets with surveillance equipment to track its movement into the UK.

Harwood was one of two workers who loaded the pallets onto a lorry. The lorry driver and another worker had pleaded guilty to the conspiracy.

After a four week trial and five days of deliberation Harwood was acquitted. Another Defendant had been acquitted earlier and the jury was unable to reach a decision against the third.

Coverage:
BBC
The Portsmouth News

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