A south-east London man has been charged after the National Crime Agency seized cocaine worth an estimated £4.5million

Robert Stewart, 32, of Broadwater Gardens, Orpington, was arrested by officers on the afternoon of Saturday April 23.

The drugs were found in a van parked in Luton Road, Harpenden. The vehicle had been watched by NCA investigators as it drove from a parking lot at Luton Airport to the location.

Officers found packages containing approximately 57 kilograms of drugs in a number of holdalls in the back.

Stewart was arrested nearby by officers from Bedfordshire Police, who were taking part in the NCA operation.

After being questioned by the NCA, he was later charged with possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.

He appeared before Luton magistrates yesterday, where he was remanded in custody until his next appearance at Luton Crown Court on May 23.

Adam Berry, NCA Branch Operations Manager, said:

“This was a significant quantity of drugs seized as part of a proactive NCA investigation targeting the drug supply in the South East of England.

“We are grateful to Bedfordshire Police for their support in this operation, which is ongoing.

“Working with law enforcement partners, we are determined to do all we can to target and disrupt organized networks involved in the distribution of Class A drugs and the crime that takes hold in our communities. »

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