Essex

Tilbury Docks £70m cocaine haul pair convicted

Cocaine seized near Tilbury Docks Image copyright Metropolitan Police
Image caption Blocks of cocaine were found in holdalls in the boot of a taxi

Two men have been found guilty of drugs offences after cocaine with a street value of £70m was seized in Essex.

About (440lb) 200kg of "high-purity" cocaine was found in holdalls in a taxi in Tilbury in July, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

Danny Hannaway, 25, of Grays and Danny O'Sullivan, 32 of Corringham were convicted of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

Three other men were cleared of the same charge.

Two other men had already admitted the conspiracy charge.

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The four guilty men are due to be sentenced on 12 February.

The jury, which convicted Hannaway, of Lea Road, and O'Sullivan, of Oxwich Close, heard the holdalls were found in the boot of the car on the A1089 near the docks.

The two men who had pleaded guilty were Greg Spiers, 48, of London Road in Billericay and Tony Rees, 31, of Cecil Avenue in Chafford Hundred.

Robert McGowan, 46, of no fixed address, John Parish, 29, of Fanton Chase in Wickford and Neil Jacques, 41, of Avondale Road in Rayleigh, were all cleared of the conspiracy charge.

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