Cocaine with a street value of nearly £7m was seized from a lorry in Liverpool last week.

A Lithuanian lorry driver was charged with possession with intent to supply class A drugs following the seizure by National Crime Agency (NCA) officers.

Edgaras Slusnys, 37, who was living in Northern Ireland, was arrested by NCA officers after his lorry was stopped on Friday 23 September.

The truck, registered with a Northern Ireland-based haulier, was searched with assistance from Merseyside Police and Border Force.

Officers recovered 136 kilos of cocaine from within a sophisticated hide in the rear doors of the lorry’s trailer, which when cut would have a street value of £6.8 million.

Slusnys was remanded in custody to appear at Liverpool Crown Court on 23 October.

NCA branch commander David Cunningham said: “This seizure has dealt a significant blow to an organised crime gang, and removed a substantial quantity of dangerous drugs from the streets.

“The investigation continues to identify and bring to justice all those involved.”