As previously reported by Island Echo, 100kg of cocaine – worth an estimated £10million – was seized in a van at Newhaven, East Sussex in November 2019. Border Force officers recovered 97 packages each containing approximately a kilo of cocaine from the back of a van carrying frozen fish.
Labelle was originally arrested in March of this year at a property on Ashey Valley Apartments, Ashey Road in Ryde, but was released. The 43-year-old was re-arrested on the Island on Saturday by officers from the National Crime Agency as part of the major investigation.
Jean-Pierre was charged on Sunday and appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court yesterday, where he was remanded in custody to appear before Lewes Crown Court on 27th July.
50-year-old James Satterley from Maidenhead has already been charged with importing Class A drugs and is awaiting trial.