Serving soldier charged after cocaine seized

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A serving soldier was yesterday remanded in custody following the seizure of 5kg of cocaine.

Daryl Archer, 26, formerly of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, but now living in Merville Barracks, Colchester, was arrested by Border Force officers on Wednesday after arriving into Heathrow’s Terminal One on a flight from Sao Paulo, Brazil.

It followed the seizure of around five kilos of cocaine. The case was referred to the National Crime Agency’s Border Policing Command and Archer was later charged with attempting to import a class A drug.

On Thursday he appeared before Uxbridge Magistrates and was remanded in custody to appear before Isleworth Crown Court on January 23.

The Ministry of Defence say he is with 13 Air Assault Support Regiment Royal Logistic Corps.

A Home Office spokesperson said: “In making this seizure Border Force officers have prevented a substantial amount of class A drugs reaching the streets of the UK.”