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Man arrested in Hornchurch following discovery of £10.2m cannabis shipment

PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 January 2018

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A fifth man has been charged over the discovery of a multi-million pound cannabis shipment.

Officers attended a pub in Hornchurch and arrested Mark Owens, 57 on Thursday, January 25.

Mr Owens of Beach Road, in Clacton was charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis and appeared before Medway magistrates on Friday, January 26.

He will next appear at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday, February 23.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have been investigating after drugs with an estimated street value of up to £10.2m were found hidden beneath packets of rabbit hay in a lorry stopped near the Dartford Crossing on Thursday, May 12 in 2016.

Mr Owens co-defendants are Anthony Morris, 57 of Main Road in Sutton-at-Hone, Dartford, Andrew Badland, 37 of Porters Avenue in Dagenham, Kevin Howell, 55 of Benskins Lane in Romford, and Paul Seabrook, 51, of Kendal Croft in Hornchurch who were all charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis in August 2017.

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