Published On: Mon, Dec 8th, 2014 on 7:23 pm

Leeds man charged over plot to import MDMA in frozen chicken

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A man from Leeds has been charged in connection with a plot to import 90 kilos of MDMA hidden inside batches of out-of-date frozen chicken.

Border Force officers discovered the powdered drugs, alongside a kilo of class B drug methoxetamine, amongst pallets of frozen chicken that had arrived on a lorry from the Netherlands on 5 December.

They alerted the National Crime Agency (NCA), who began an investigation.

NCA officers arrested Christopher Byron Still, 67, of Glen Grove, Morley, later that evening at his home address. Around £13,000 cash was also seized.

Investigators also executed search warrants at business premises in the Holbeck and Batley areas, recovering another 30 kilos of amphetamine, a class B drugs, from the Holbeck address.

The likely combined street value of the MDMA and amphetamine was estimated to be at least £4.5 million.

Still was charged with conspiring to import class A drugs, importing class B drugs, possession with intent to supply and possession of criminal property.

He appeared before Wakefield Magistrates today where he was remanded in custody until his next court appearance at Leeds Crown Court on 22 December.

The chicken, which had a ‘use by’ date of 2010, was impounded by environmental health officers and will be destroyed.

Mark Robinson, assistant director for Border Force Humber Command, said: “This was an excellent seizure and demonstrates how Border Force officers play a crucial role in protecting the UK from illegal drugs and other contraband. By stopping this smuggling attempt we have prevented a sizeable amount of drugs making it onto the streets.

“Working with law enforcement colleagues, including the NCA, we are determined to do all we can to prevent drug trafficking and put those responsible behind bars.”

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