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Sutherland driver charged after £4.4m cocaine found in car

By Niall Harkiss

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A 53-year-old man from Sutherland has been charged with drugs offences after cocaine with an estimated street value of around £4.4 million was seized in a joint investigation involving the National Crime Agency and the Metropolitan Police.

The discovery was made after officers from the Organised Crime Partnership, a joint team made up of NCA and Met police officers, stopped a silver Ford Ranger on the M25 between junctions 10 and 11 in Surrey on Friday (December 16).

Two large bags containing 55 kilos of what is believed to be cocaine was found inside.

Michael Buttery, from Kinbrace, was arrested and later charged with drugs offences. He appeared at Guildford Magistrates’ Court on Monday (December 19) and was remanded in custody.

He will next appear at Guildford Crown Court on January 19.

Andrew Tickner, OCP operations manager, said: “This was a significant amount of drugs which have been stopped from reaching the streets as a result of this operation.

“Working with our policing partners we are determined to target and disrupt the organised criminal groups who bring violence and exploitation into our communities.”

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