£1m of cocaine seized at Thirsk airfield

Bagby Airfield, Thirsk. Picture: Google Maps
Bagby Airfield, Thirsk. Picture: Google Maps
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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 the seizure.

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 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.”

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.