Judge agrees to delay trial

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THE trial of two men charged in connection with Suffolk’s biggest ever seizure of cocaine will now take place months later than planned.

Frederick Colverson, of Galsworth Avenue, London, and Terrance Smith, of Ethelreda Drive, Brandon, both 56, were arrested on November 1 last year after police seized 174 kg of cocaine – worth an estimated £34 million – at an industrial unit in Highbury Road, Brandon.

Ipswich Crown Court heard last Friday that due to the amount of documentation yet to be seen by defence lawyers, the original date in May was no longer realistic.

Judge John Holt agreed that the pair’s trial should now take place in the autumn but did not set a date.

Both men are charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A drug.

Colverson and Smith did not appear in court for the hearing and remain in custody.

Smith is the director of 24/7 Import Export, which operates from the raided unit. Colverson is unemployed.

It emerged at the time that the industrial unit was owned by Forest Heath District Council.